I found a Craigslist reader
he secretly recited in Cartesian delight:
"vintage dresser with magical oak"
and bought it!
I showed the reader
the bug-laden furniture
the missing leg and the broken mirror
and he shrugged
recycling my doubt
to expose the pith of his shortcomings.
And to iron it all
he paid me with gold
for the price of my meager essence.
--Jay Coral currently lives in Los Angeles and can be found at http://bluejayeye.blogspot.com/.