Wednesday, 21 March 2012

The Reluctant Heiress

Last I heard she was wallowing in bed,
her diamonds lolling unseen in a safe.
For fifty years she had lived with a dread

of relatives, and they were certainly not
allowed to go near either of her homes,
and were absolutely not to be caught

near her stash of timber, copper or rails.
It was so unlikely she’d share these things
that there was never to be any will.

But she did bequeath money to her nurse,
a reluctant and contrarian move –
since property could only be a curse.

So the relatives are making a fuss
an aggressive and predictable move –
when really the only thing left is to cuss.

©  Lavinia Kumar

Reluctant heiress's jewel collection expected to raise $10m at Christie's
Lavinia Kumar lives in New Jersey. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, in the US and UK.  She writes a blog for her brother’s, based in Portsmouth, NH.