My Name was Supposed to be Elizabeth Ann

— Stories from the Roads (Not) Taken

Somehow, I acquired a dead man’s interrupted life.  His grey stone cottage, mid-forest. Books, a barn, blank stationery veined with mold. Curled edge photographs stacked like kindling in a dusty hope chest. They claim me. A rusted horseshoe slumbered in the cook stove. I burnish it with wire, secure its resurrected luck with a trinity of nails …

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