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A True Love Story

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A True Love Story

I like to think that Daddy's gold watch chain,
and the way it came about,
was the true story of "The Magi",
that O. Henry had mixed it up a little and changed it, 
as sometimes happens.

I remember it, his beautiful chain,
heavy and each link engraved with dainty leaves.
Each of us had played with it,
pulling from his pocket, the heavy, silver-plated watch it guarded,
just to hear it tick.

I didn't know it then of course,
it was the gold chain that Daddy prided,
not the watch..
He could have bought a dozen of those at any store,
but never another chain so fine.

I wish I had asked, I don't know how it came about
that Mama turned her linked, gold bracelet 
into a chain for Daddy.
See it there, draping her gloved hand
in their wedding picture?

Somehow, they never told us private things,
so busy making a good life for all of us.
We were his treasures the seven of us
and Mama and her auburn hair.
Then came the beloved chain.

I like to think it was that first sweet Christmas,
when they were still alone,
that she loved him enough to have
her treasured bracelet altered and
surprised him with her gift.

He wore a leather thong to 
hold his watch on weekdays.
Only on Sundays or other times
when he put on his suit, he proudly
added the prized chain.

That's how it happened that the chain was
on the dresser in their bedroom
when the fire started.
Daddy was still on the farm and Mama and we younger ones 
had moved to town for the winter

It was so cold, the fire engines couldn't come.
Daddy came by sled in time
to carry the loved library table out.
It was too late and the flames too hot,
to save much else.

I have that table now, my precious heirloom.
Daddy searched the ashes of our home
as soon as they had cooled.
I saw the tears when he told Mama,
"The gold watch chain is gone."




For Carol Brown's "Story " contst  won first place

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  1. Date: 8/17/2011 8:25:00 PM
    What a wonderful memory to treasure Joyce. Congratulations on your win. I enjoyed reading this moving piece.

  1. Date: 8/6/2011 11:38:00 AM
    The story comes alive here. Congratulations on your win. A poem worthy of reading more than once.

  1. Date: 8/1/2011 9:35:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading the bio today. Congrats on your big win. Keep the talented pen rolling. Love, Glenna

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 4:47:00 PM
    congrats on your big win!! Enjoyed reading today!

  1. Date: 4/22/2011 6:27:00 AM
    Oh, wow! Congrats on this fine write. I am saddened to read of anyone losing their possessions to a fire...nostalgic and sweet. Happy Easter- Gwendolen

  1. Date: 4/18/2011 4:37:00 AM
    joyce this is a nice poem and I enjoyed reading the story..cory have a wonderful day

  1. Date: 4/10/2011 10:25:00 AM
    Hi Joyce-Such a sweet touching story.The way you wrote this I too felt the love between these two people and the sense of the tragedy.I thoroughly enjoyed this and can see why it was a winner.Congratulations.Love June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 4/3/2011 6:49:00 PM
    Congrats Joyce on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with us all my friend with luv..

  1. Date: 4/1/2011 2:06:00 PM
    Congratulations Joyce on your win with this great piece.

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 3:32:00 PM
    Hey Joyce!! Congrats on your poem in the winner's circle. Great!! Vince

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 1:34:00 PM
    My eyes lit up when I saw your poem ranking high in the Soup contest, Joyce. Big congratulations!! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/31/2011 5:28:00 AM
    Joyce, MANY, MANY CONGRATS ON YOUR WIN IN THE POETRY SOUP COMPETION. I loved this and knew it would be at the top of the winners circle. Love and hugs, Elaine

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 1:44:00 PM
    Congratulations, Joyce on your win in the International Contests~~

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 1:44:00 PM
    So very happy this touching piece is further immortalized by a big WIN! You so deserve every bit of glory! Your friend...Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 10:36:00 AM
    Dear Sarah, Congratulations on your amazing 4th Place win in PS's Intl. Contest! This is a wonderful story so deserving of the win! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 6:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on your 4th place win in the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest Joyce. I enjoyed reading your poem again this morning. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 3:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your big win with this poem Joyce. I am so excited for you. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/29/2011 4:39:00 AM
    Well! Joyce, I can see why this won first place in Carol's conetest. Beautiful, heart-warming and heart-wrenching write. Many congrats on this wonderful feature of the week. Elaine

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 6:48:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Joyce. Wishing you the best in the PoetrySoup contest with this winner Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 6:19:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem A true love story being featured this week, Joyce

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