now that I remember you
stopping me to ask for directions
opening the map and
having me hold one side
while you went to work
let me apologize
for only having twelve dollars (12) cash
and warn you
against trying to use any of the credit cards
because they were maxed out
and are part of the bankruptcy now
— I only carry them around to feel
less broke than I am, and
really you can have them.
You will find the Barnes & Noble
gift card is still worth its full
value of twenty five dollars
but the Dunkin Donuts card
has less than a cup of coffee’s
worth left on it … I believe the 2
Cracker Barrel gift certificates
have expired, even though
they don’t have a printed expiration
date on them.
The rest of the cards, my driver’s license,
my work ID, my library card
and such, may be valuable to you
if you are not just a pickpocket
but gifted in forgery as well.
If you do try to pass as me,
here are a few pointers to help.
My last name is tricky,
so practice spelling and
pronouncing it, and be sure
to stress the vowels. Also
my mother’s maiden name
was Diaz and I never had a
childhood pet. All my passwords
are the same and they
contain a Latin quote and
the most beautiful part of the
Fibonacci sequence. Lastly,
I’d like to ask that you please
return to me the lock of hair I
carried with me (it belongs
to my first son from his
first haircut) and the clear
piece of plastic next to it
(I’ll explain that one later).
And thank you for leaving
behind something worth telling.
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