“Fridge Magnet”


by Mary Bargteil


Use two for precious items.

Be careful not to cover

face on photo,

rather hide the purple

mountain’s majesty

or the fiery sunset.


Behold the mighty anchor;

a four-toed footprint for

Bayside Animal Medical Center

holding the Chinese Garden menu,

Degas dancers in pink and green

supporting the announcement for

“Broken Flowers”,

Marilyn Monroe swathed in tulle and

an oversized reference book open at her lap

tacking up Dylan’s poem on “Anger”.


Word magnets

Left behind from when

Sara moved into her own place;

     funny  turtle  swirl  girl,

all by themselves

in the upper right hand corner.



by Mary Bargteil, 2005