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The ashtray sat upon a cherry wood side table.
She smoked in the house,
upsetting her coughing roommate.
Under the ash was a white button,
now smeared gray and black.
It fell off of her blouse in 1989,
the year her mother moved away.
Every time she lit a cigarette
she thought of her mother,
far away somewhere collecting
porcelain dolls with rosy cheeks.
Nothing fazed her,
not even the last hurricane 
that soaked the first floor.
The only thing she ever winced at,
was that old white button.

Copyright © Katie Pukash

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  1. Date: 2/7/2013 12:23:00 PM
    Creative way to go for the contest..Enjoyed reading your winning work..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 7:49:00 AM
    Well done Katie!Congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:31:00 PM
    Congratulations on a very well deserved win, Katie! Annalise

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 5:46:00 PM
    Katie, I still remember this one and how touching it is. BIG congrats. I must fave it.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 1:29:00 PM
    Nicely done, congrats on your win. BG

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:12:00 AM
    Congrats Katie on your win xxx

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 10:22:00 PM
    Katie.. :-) congratulations on your well deserved winning poem. Have yourself a good night* always & forever. P.D.

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 6:33:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win with this very unique button poem. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 12:54:00 PM
    So many great poems with the theme "Buttons" - everyday things - Each one with different ideas ..... many different "Buttons". - Congratulations on your winning poem,Katie! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 7:57:00 AM
    an unusual take on the button theme and a well-told and sad story. congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 1/28/2013 7:56:00 PM
    wow, this one is deep and sad!! I love it.