In response to The New York Times article “650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing.”
596. “What Are the Best Things You’ve Acquired Secondhand?”
Usually gifts, used books, and hand me down clothes, the miscellaneous trinkets that surround my everyday, like,
Two angels, one straw and one clay, from my grandmother.
A 1962 copy of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, priced at $3.50 on the sleeve, purchased for $2.
A first edition Bukowski chapbook, 1975, gift from someone special.
The salmon and slate colored ski jacket from my father, and his red white and blue ski vest too.
A mate gourd from my mother, with accompanying bombilla, and a pair of Tingsha Tibetan meditation cymbals too.