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Buttoned-Down Minds

They would watch, with wild amusement,
as chubby little hands worked furiously, struggling with each button.
Tiny, unskilled fingers loosening, gnawing at them, until the last one was free.
She would wiggle out of her brand new, red velvet coat,
scrambling to play with building blocks and toys.
A capsule in time, that confirms something about her that cannot be tamed...
her pride, stubbornness, and a fierce desire to be

We are watching in mild discomfort,
as blue veined, arthritic hands work furiously, struggling with each button.
Swollen-knuckled fingers loosening, gnawing at them, until the last one is free.
Slowly, and methodically,  she shrugs off the old familiar, wool-tweed coat, 
while we patiently wait to enjoy our afternoon tea.
A capsule in time, that confirms something about her that cannot be named...
Is it pride, or fear, or a fierce desire to be


For the contest sponsored by Black Eyed Susan: " Buttons "


Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 2/16/2013 9:09:00 AM
    Nice write with independence on two different ends of the spectrum.

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 12:32:00 PM
    I can relate to this for those hands I understand..Creative way to go with the contest..Congrats on your great win..Sara

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 8:01:00 AM
    Wonderful approach to the theme of the contest Carrie.Congrats on the win.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 7:41:00 PM
    Carrie, you looked deep and this came out, perfectly amazing. Congratulations to you on all your winnings! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 5:48:00 PM
    wow, this is A DEEP one on buttons. OUtstanding, carrie and congratulations.

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 4:28:00 PM
    Carrie, :-) Congratulations on your well deserved win... xox~pd

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 2:47:00 PM
    Aweome poem Carrie, you never disappoint. congrats. BG

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 3:23:00 AM
    Big congrats Carrie luv xx

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 2:37:00 AM
    Loved the subtle but striking contrast in the two stanzas of your poem. Excellent piece penned Carrie! big congrats to you!

  1. Date: 2/6/2013 12:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on this winning write....

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 12:57:00 PM
    So many great poems with the theme "Buttons" - everyday things - Each one with different ideas ..... many different "Buttons". - Congratulations on your winning poem,Carrie! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 10:52:00 AM
    You always paint memories with such vivid colors Carrie---really liked this poem.

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 8:13:00 AM
    Wow! This is a wonderful piece. My personal favorite, absolutely loved it.

  1. Date: 2/5/2013 8:01:00 AM
    i love the bookends formed by these two stories and the way you've woven the button theme into both of them. brilliant!

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 4:50:00 AM
    these are so heart warming Carrie,, wonderful poetry..

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 6:38:00 PM
    Loved tne 2 versions, well done..Seren

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 5:18:00 PM
    Very heartwarming poem. Good luck

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 2:02:00 PM
    Ohh I do adore these two verses...independence indeed !! I guess we all stive for it and then cling to it in life. Enjoyed !!