The word for childish greed
in Armenian is the same
as for an eye with a hole.
After years of collecting,
adding, rolling-up,
stuffing trinkets
into trinket boxes
all the locks snap open.
She discovers her eyes
well up and water
at flea markets.
She sneezes, sneezes.
Aunt Berta tries to empty
the bottomless,
makes presents of
dangling, tinkling
bangles. There are
never enough takers.