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Poem: "Keepsakes" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Keepsakes"

This poem came out of the March 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from rosieknight.  It has been sponsored by rix_scaedu.  This poem belongs to the series Monster House.


Keepsakes


It's the little mementos
and keepsakes that help
make a house a home.

My wife still has her first screwdriver
and I've got my lucky steel penny.
Our children's artwork
is fastened to the refrigerator
with tidy rows of alphabet magnets.

The monsters under-the-bed and in-the-closet
have a set of toys from the children
they have loved long ago.

The troll in the basement has
a little wooden horse painted red
with yellow flowers like a blanket on its back.

The bogeyman has a silver ring of which he does not speak.

The house, too, has its mementos --
it's brimming with memories --
the dent on the ceiling from a champagne cork,
the ancient scraps of tinsel pinched into cracks on the floor,
a chip in the bathroom sink from dropping a wrench in it,
the rows of notches carved in bedroom doors
to mark how children grew in years gone by.

Sometimes, when everyone is quiet,
the house makes noises of its own,
telling over its old stories to itself.

I always listen,
and wait until it's done,
before I make another sound.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: March 9th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bogeyman has a silver ring of which he does not speak.

Dang it, ysabetwordsmith, now I'm curious. And too conditioned by alt.callahans to push since he doesn't want to talk about it.

I like the way the narrator is respectful of the house's stories, too.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 9th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

>>Dang it, ysabetwordsmith, now I'm curious. And too conditioned by alt.callahans to push since he doesn't want to talk about it.<<

I'm curious too, but not inclined to poke the bogeyman with a sharp stick. I will, however, keep an ear out in case other information emerges from somewhere else.

>>I like the way the narrator is respectful of the house's stories, too.<<

That's pretty much what makes a multicultural family work.
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