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  1. In the store:

“Oh, yes,” said the manager,

“we’ll take the old bed away.

Just tip the guys twenty dollars each.

That’s what they usually get.”


“What will you do with the bed?”


“If it’s in good shape,

we put it on Craigslist.

We leave it out back.

People pick it up.

And if not,

they take it apart

and recycle what they can.


“It’s a good bed.”


  • Advertisement:

Free: king size bed

Includes mattress and frame

Must go by Sunday


I want this bed! Please!

Phone call:

I have ms.  I’ve been sleeping

on a mattress on the floor.

My dad is coming this weekend.

My son and my dad can get it.


Do you still want the bed?


No reply. She’s dissolved.



Please send photo,

phone number.

I send a photo.

He calls.

We have a great conversation.

He calls back.

His wife doesn’t want it.


  • Delivery:

Two jolly movers

heave the king size mattress

over the balcony.


“The manager said—”


“Nah, it’ll go to the dump.”


“But he said—”


“Uh-uh, the dump.”

They load the good mattress

into the van

I picture it tossed onto

black bags of garbage.

Maybe they’ll keep

the box spring and frame.



It was a good bed.

It should have been passed on.

I now carry it on my back

along with all the other

plastic and garbage

I’ve discarded.

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