I’ve turned liquor bottles into
jewelry stands, she told me,

flaunting a transparent two-liter
that once held spiced rum
or European wine.

It had two little perfectly-rounded
handles at the nape, ideal for inserting

a thumb, a forefinger wrapped around
the neck, inserted through the opposite loop.

Lifted with the two fingers,
everyone in the room would be impressed
by the breaking and bleeding.

Too-heavy bottles.
Muted greens with mottled red seals.

I wanted to tell her the glass didn’t twinkle and shine
jewelry organization and creative living,

but constantly screamed “fill me, I’m empty!”


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