Marché aux Puces

(Flea Market)

You don't bargain

for the itch to scratch

— it comes attached,

the way the past

comes hitched

to the present.

Don't resent it.

The oldfangled

is still of use: reach

inside your purse,

buy it with change

that's loose.

— Joseph Dorazio

Joseph Dorazio's poems have appeared widely in print and online. He lives and writes in Wayne.