portion of the artwork for Meridith Gresher's poetry
The Narrator Finds then Leaves Helen with G.I. Joe
Meridith Gresher

I pick up the speck of sand that is Helen.
I stand on the Turkish Shore
away from the dig site that may be the lost
city of Troy. I carry her home with me
and deposit her into a fishbowl full of other lost remnants,
but not of beauty.
I want Helen to recapture her inner child,
so I fill the bowl with a Rubik’s cube,
a bocce ball, a pair of dice, and a G.I. Joe.
I figure she will be at home with a fighting man and games of chance.