Bed

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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.”

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“What will you do with the bed?”

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“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.

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“It’s a good bed.”

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  • Advertisement:

Free: king size bed

Includes mattress and frame

Must go by Sunday

Email:

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.

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Do you still want the bed?

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No reply. She’s dissolved.

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Email:

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.

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  • Delivery:

Two jolly movers

heave the king size mattress

over the balcony.

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“The manager said—”

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“Nah, it’ll go to the dump.”

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“But he said—”

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“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.

Maybe.

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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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