Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine

The Last Toy

By Kevin Casey

Kevin Casey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Connecticut. His work has been published by The Orange Room Review, Small Print Magazine, Frostwriting, Turtle Island Review, The Monarch Review, and others. He currently teaches literature at a small university in Maine.

The Last Toy

That small, wooden train
engine remains on your dresser,
crowded by crumpled bills,
covered by a black dress sock;

the rest lies packed,
entangled in its tracks beneath the snapped,
abiding lid of a plastic box,
buried in the attic’s still vault.

Why did you decide
to set that toy aside, a young man more like me
than the boy you were,
Why make that tiny shrine?

What could be the need
that a teen might have to save
that small memento,
paint chipped and toddler-dented?

I choose to believe,
when I grieve for that dear, small soul
you used to be,
that you share with me
in the loss of the little boy who’s gone,
whose place you’ve taken.

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