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Date Added: June 10, 2009 13:06:53 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Skeleton Keys and Junk Drawers


You never know what lurks inside.
Eventually, you come to the realization that you cannot save everything.
You have to refurbish, reface; even if your bones rattle.
I bought an old skeleton key at the Stevensville Antique Shop.
….they had to add "and Homegoods"to the sign, because people were complaining
the stuff wasn’t old enough. How insensitive of nostalgia.
Apparently, some things are just better left in your closet.
Buried and forgotten:
the kitchen junk drawer suffers my own remains.

An odd mix of artifacts and memories:
Liz's piece of doll house furniture,
A crumpled photograph of people hardly remembered,  
bread ties that should have been thrown away. Various nails, buttons and a cork screw.
Someone’s baby tooth the fairy forgot to retrieve.
A valentine with dust attached,
Tiny bottle of dried up elmer's glue.
“Let’s just bury it all inside the base of the new countertop and call it a time capsule”
Wondering what else is hidden;
she sighs.
A reflection in the mirror whispers:
“why don't you just pretend to keep that smile"  
A girl from long ago nods her head.


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Comment By: FreeAlfred Berggren on August 11, 2010 11:13:25 PM Report

Junk draws and antique stores are my favorite things to explore. I never know what I'm going to find. Your poem about your own antique store and juck drawer sure caught the truth to that.

Comment By: Freeadam on April 27, 2010 11:29:47 PM Report
really interesting! :) kept me reading with good imagination.
Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on December 2, 2009 12:28:33 AM Report
you have such a great way of creative style... we love ya!!
Comment By: FreeTessa on August 30, 2009 09:30:56 PM Report
Nice story..neatly dressed


Comment By: Freeb w mayer on August 19, 2009 10:12:28 PM Report
The junk draw...there must be a whole book of ideas there...the things we keep, things we feel we may need one day...very interesting topic and very well done.
Comment By: FreeFilthy on August 9, 2009 05:26:45 PM Report
I hate throwing things out...even memories!

Great stuff Cin.

Comment By: FreeGraham Jones on July 22, 2009 04:20:37 AM Report
"A girl from long ago nods her head" that is a truely haunting line and has more depth then the casual glance can tell, as for the hoarding side of it I think most of us are by nature, excellent Cindy~Graham.
Comment By: PremiumBruce A. Peaslee on July 4, 2009 09:19:27 PM Report
Cindy-  I had to chuckle when I read this,  It seems that no matter how hard one tries, over a period of 32

years (in our case) the amount of junk, or should I say, indespensible items for future useage, we fabulous.  Frankly, I'm a tinkerer and some of the stuff does come in handy.




Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on June 26, 2009 09:55:11 PM Report
We all need to keep some useless junk as a touchstone to fond memories.. I do throw away more than I save, however....len
Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on June 26, 2009 09:28:35 PM Report
We all need to keep some useless junk as a touchstone to fond memories.. I do throw away more than I save, however....len
Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on June 22, 2009 08:31:11 AM Report
Oh, my. You've been rummaging in my kitchen drawer. You're right. We can't save EVERYthing. Only, every time I clear out that drawer, it ends up fuller. Well, you can hardly throw out things you can't identify, can you? You may need them some day. What if you found out you'd thrown away the one and only piece that made the car go? And you prove the point with skeleton keys. If you throw those away you just have to go buy more. Maybe they don't make the car go, still, you feel not quite complete till you get some more. Nice work, girl. A fine tribute to a subject long neglected. ML
Comment By: FreeRoger Bacon on June 16, 2009 07:41:36 PM Report

The time capsule line is a classic.  I will never look at a junk drawer the same after reading that line.  Good poetry Cindy.



Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on June 14, 2009 03:04:37 PM Report
This touched me deeply Cindy. I understood it all...only too well.
 You captured it all in this poem that was stacked full of love and pain too.
Ali x

Comment By: FreeAmy on June 12, 2009 10:57:29 PM Report

I enjoyed this piece so much. It had a very homey feel to it mixed with subtle humor and a little bit of sadness at the end. I love how you listed the items. I have all but two of them in my own kitchen junk drawer....and I'll have you know, I am the Queen of Twist Ties.

As always, your presentation is impeccable.


Comment By: FreeHenry M. on June 10, 2009 07:13:58 PM Report
The junk drawer, a staple of every home in the world! Memories abound, as well as useless items, hey the junk drawer in my house attacks you if you get too close! Wonderful writing as usual Cindy.  Hugs,  Henry
Comment By: Freeb doneff on June 10, 2009 05:13:52 PM Report
I know all about junk drawers and the things that accumulate in them! (Doesn't everybody have a junk drawer? lol)
I can only imagine what someone would make of my life if they had to conjur it up from ajunk drawer contents! Little interesting bits of our lives left behind. Nicely done Cindy.

Comment By: Freecolin skilton on June 10, 2009 04:34:15 PM Report
Hedllo Pretty Lady,

Nice to see you writing again.

Indeed its part of the intrigue when buying something old and finding a precious horde and wondering who the person was and what they did. I brought a selection of religious articles off ebay from a french farmhouse and searched to find the saints there and if the seller knew anything about the house and people. Sadly not but the goods are now part of my history and maybe one day someone will take the same trouble to find out about me.

Bless you for sharing with us.


PS A little thing, just a little l could only read the text when l highlighted it, or.... maybe that was part of the fun as well!


Comment By: FreeSteve on June 10, 2009 02:03:22 PM Report

This is an excellent write that makes the reader pause and think.  The things that have the most value old or not are attached to memories and people.


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