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For years, perhaps a decade,
the silver box had lain within a wooden
shell, a box within a box,
a larger casket 	quieting
memories too painful to revisit;
yet, too precious to throw away.

The bedroom held much more
within four walls, another sheltering box,
another		type of tomb.

The box had sat unopened for so very long,
each memory waiting deep within a gloom.
Bedded in a bower of crocheted lace,
it lay, embraced beside a picture frame
of he and she.

A lifted lid, an open box, a silver casket
removed, it’s open now, jewels spill forth,
his gifts to her.

Jade for luck, 	gold for her ears,
bits of cinnabar blood-red, fans of scented 
sandalwood and combs of tortoise 
for her hair, emerge.

A decade now locked out of sight,
a box within a box, boxed in—
is what she was—

Time to let go, she thinks,
but, then again, she smiles;
closing the lid of silver bright,
she’ll keep this yet awhile.


Published by Autumn Sound 2013

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 6/12/2015 1:42:00 PM
I am impressed (and I'm not that easily impressed) with the way you brought your thoughts out and let them tumble onto the next level of awareness. The story is well told and the emotions strike the heart with their impact and depth of perception. Very well penned. Emile. #7
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 6/12/2015 2:36:00 PM
I have let go of very few of the things special people have given me - I surround myself with them though they are precious only to me - thank you for your kind words
Date: 4/27/2015 10:09:00 AM
I wonder how such inspiration for this lovely, delicate poem came to be, from just this beautiful painting? You are amazing !
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 4/27/2015 10:48:00 AM
No my dear Carrie the poem is totally real life - minr & then I look for art which works ;)
Date: 4/25/2015 11:47:00 PM
Debbie your beautiful pen has dipped into lovely words for us to read, this poem is so moving and magical, full a sad emotion, I love how you do your free verse, 7, and thanks for visiting my poem, insanity
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Date: 4/25/2015 11:27:00 PM
Serene and sentimental. What beautiful write.
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