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Lost and Found & 2 Photos by Gail Goepfert

Willow Way

Willow Way

Lost. One pair of eyeglasses
prescription unique, last seen
at the health club
on the shelf in the shower.

Lost. One Land’s End Grecian
one-piece slender-swimsuit,
like the little black dress for water
Esther Williams wore.
Whereabouts unknown.

Lost and found. Car keys
left on a dressing room bench at Kohl’s,
Found at customer service.
Chided by rep. A young girl
turned them in. You should be grateful.
You’re lucky.

Lost. Barely a month old.
Amazon Kindle 3G
cocooned in a red leather jacket,
disappeared between the hygienist’s chair
and home with only one stop
at Austin’s Saloon and Eatery.

Lost. Six months mine.
Panasonic Lumix
2 megapixel digital camera
with 12x optical zoom
last used to photograph the prairie,
the Bird Girl statue in the courtyard,
at Ragdale writers’ retreat
lost between girl and car.

Replacement. Lost again.
at the Vermont Country Store.
Missing two hours later.
Drove back. Frantic.
Retraced my steps. Found.
Among the wool mittens and scarves.

Lost. The blah-looking black journal
of a year’s poetry notes
Stopped at the A&W Root Beer
near Litchfield, Illinois.
Miles down the road, missing,
called to see if it turned up.
Does it have pencil scratchings in it?
the young man asked.
Recovered. After navigating
back thirty-two miles of highway.
Found. Not taken.


Dusky Sunset


4 thoughts on “Lost and Found & 2 Photos by Gail Goepfert

  1. Gail Goepfert is a Midwest teacher, poet, and nature photographer. She has been published in a number of anthologies and journals including Avocet, Off Channel, After Hours, Caesura, Florida English, Poetic License Press, and forthcoming in The Examined Life, and online at Brevity Poetry Review, Bolts of Silk, Quill and Parchment and where she was a featured poet. One of her poems rode the PACE bus in Highland Park’s Poetry That Moves contest. She recently was a runner-up in the Contemporary American Poetry Prize sponsored by C.J. Laity on

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