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Charles Rammelkamp

RammelkampCharles Rammelkamp is Prose Editor for BrickHouse Books in Baltimore and Reviews Editor for The Adirondack Review. A chapbook of poems, Jack Tar’s Lady Parts, is available from Main Street Rag Publishing. Another poetry chapbook, Me and Sal Paradise, was recently published by FutureCycle Press. An e-chapbook has also recently been published online Time Is on My Side (yes it is) Another chapbook, Mortal Coil, is forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing.

The Myth of Lost Fortune

Loss is such a potent lure anyway –
love, money, family, fame –
the thing you had
but not long enough to appreciate –
popularity, a profession, innocence
(happiness, harmony) –
the thing you spend the rest of your life
trying to recover.

Sometimes life seems nothing
but a series of losses.
It’s always there, waiting.
Death – yours or someone else’s.

I had it once.
Or did I only think I had it?
Wish-fulfillment in its purest form?

Recovery’s the key, the missing piece
that completes the puzzle:
not the piece recovered,
the key that unlocks the loss.

It’s here, somewhere.
Buried. Hidden.
Not irretrievable, even though
you’ll never find it.
Maybe there never was
a treasure after all.
But one day, you know
you’ll find it.
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