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Author Name: Freewritelady 14 Comments
Date Added: August 03, 2008 09:08:06 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Heart In A Drawer
"Who is this Mamaw?"
A little upturned face, questions
scattered among blonde bangs on a forehead
to young to comprehend the answer.

"Well now, " (what do I say?)
"He is a great man. Very kind, very good.
He loves animals, and he writes stories. Very
good stories of princesses and places far, far away."

"What else Mamaw? Why is his picture
in your necklace?"
(Inquisitive little tart.
Never enough information. I wish I could tell you more, but,

"Well, he loves reading, and art,
and he was a teacher, and very, very smart.
And, his picture is in a locket, to save and keep forever."

"But why do you have it?"
Oh the endless questions.
(Does it show on my face?
The pent up emotion that stays in the locket as well
and in a heart just as locked and secret?)

"Well, I have it because when some people come
into your life, and you talk to them, you laugh with them,
you realize they are a big part of you. Sometimes you don't get to see them often,
And you keep something of them to remind you always of what you share together."
(There! Is that enough? Please let it be, child!)

"Oh. I see.
Can I have a locket with your picture in it Mamaw?"

(Relief, sweet relief. At least until I am dead and gone and the truth surfaces. What will she think of me then? Please understand child, please understand.)
"Sure you can Sophie."

"Then we will always be together, right Mamaw?"

"Yes, that's right. Now, put it away with all of that other stuff you pulled out
and come here to me. We can read a book, or work a puzzle."

An axe of ache splits me in two.
I work the puzzle but my mind,
my mind, is a thousand years and lifetimes away.
Later, when the blonde bangs and eyes who question so much
are closed for an hour of recharging,
I'll get the locket back out. Touch the hair on one side,
and stare at your picture on the other.
I'll wonder what you are doing, hope you are well,
and pray you are safe and happy.
Then I will clutch a simple locket to my breast,
let a few tears slide down this old woman's face,
and place you gently back in a drawer.
Then I'll go make dinner, and do what the day calls for.
Your photo in a drawer, but you,
in my heart.

Author's Notes:

Still working this one. Suggestions welcome..trashcans too.

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Comment By: FreeHelen on January 20, 2009 06:59:23 PM Report
This touched me. I could see what you described like a piece from a movie..... words  came alive... it's so hard to do those things "the day calls for" when your heart is somewhere with someone, a thousand lifetimes away...
Comment By: FreeSteve on September 19, 2008 07:52:22 AM Report
I agree that it reads very well and doesn't need anything else :-)
Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on September 10, 2008 01:12:12 PM Report

I lovely and original way of addressing the curiosity of the young and the unspoked dreams and desires of the elder.
I have a locket in my drawer like that. I take it out from time to time and remeber a man who made me feel more alive than anyone had a right to be.

Ali x

Comment By: FreeRoger Bacon on September 9, 2008 07:44:38 PM Report
There are so many dimensions to this poem that allow any reader in.  As a father, I can relate how we have to keep putting our personal thoughts away because there are chores to do and children to care for and take them back out when the time allows. 


I wouldn't build a trash can around this.



Comment By: FreeWide Awake on September 1, 2008 05:20:34 PM Report
NO, I say, absolutely NO work to be done on this dear lady!  I cried!!!...

This is heartwarming, heartwrenching and just PERFECT as it is.
THIS one is a FAVORITE...


Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on August 13, 2008 06:02:00 PM Report
(Does it show on my face?
The pent up emotion that stays in the locket as well
and in a heart just as locked and secret?)


That says it all, NH....I could just picture the scene. I wouldn't change a word, kid...len

Comment By: FreeFilthy on August 7, 2008 07:28:36 PM Report
A really beautiful poem this youme.
Comment By: FreeHenry M. on August 5, 2008 09:58:03 PM Report
Really good, deep write Barbie, I get the sense that you didn't get everything out that you wanted to say. The one who's picture is in the locket must have really touched you deeply because the emotion in your words is raw and closure appears to be sorely needed. Wonderful work.  Henry
Comment By: FreeS on August 5, 2008 11:25:08 AM Report
really powerful write, and pretty sad but the last 2 lines i think were really awesome and i liked how the poem itself is first person (very insightful into your thoughts)

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on August 4, 2008 12:51:27 AM Report
Sadness overwhelms me.... this hurts my heart...
~ Love ya! She Whispers

Comment By: FreeAngel on August 3, 2008 02:38:43 PM Report
Beautiful B got the tears flowing this one did love. Magnificent


Love Angelxx

Comment By: FreeMoon Fairy on August 3, 2008 12:43:53 PM Report
Simple truths from the heart--tugs hard at those heart strings because how can you explain something like that to a child. I love this write hun, made me tear up.
Lovely, don't change a thing..
Big hugs to you,

Comment By: FreeCathy on August 3, 2008 10:34:57 AM Report
Oh how sad the ending I absolutely loved it the way it is no changes whether this is a true story or just a story it is perfect the innocents of a child, all the questions they have and the agony of the heart and the secrets and pain it hold... I absolutely loved this more, more please do not change it.. Your sad words brought tears to my eyes at the end really touched my heart. Into my favorites this goes.

..........LOVED IT,  LOVED IT

Comment By: PremiumDavid Turner on August 3, 2008 09:48:04 AM Report
Yes - you have to beware the wisdom and prying eyes of little creatures - one of mine said yesterday, "Uncle David should stay downstairs with Auntie Mavis instead of talking to all his internet girlfriends - of course it w as just a ploy to get more time on my computer - like telling me that Auntie  Mavis said she needed some help in the kitchen! If they see me sign off :-






That's it I am divorced and remarried - they have divorced me 5 times already!-)






That makes 6 times now!



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