Diane Shotton's Writing Pages

Poetry - The Lost One

Short Story - Fromandi's Zoo
Short Story - Summer of '64
Short Story - Cleaning Crew
Short Story - Blue Skies
Short Story - What I Knew
Short Story - Getting to Me Time
Short Story - Spring on the Square
Short Story - Seven in the Storm
Short Story - Symptoms
Short Story - The Trailer - Part One
Poetry - The Lost One
Poetry - Hunt for the Kangaroo

The Lost One
Cardboard box brims with reminders.
Everyday objects forced upon a new owner.
Made, bought, gifted accessories of life
collected and cherished by the lost one.
Useful? Perhaps.
Practical? Sometimes.

Rosebud skirting without sheets or shams.
Grandbabies names stitched on quilt patches
waiting to be stuffed.
Lladro angels pray in
styrofoam beds.
Worn faux seed pearls frame
sepia tone bride and groom.
Raincoat with deep pockets for
walks down her favorite street.
Lilacs waft in velour folds
of a creamy house robe.
Ceramic wild life planter, handmade,
occupied with silken ivy.
Two-generations-ago china, chipped
and hidden among newsprint.

Some find an honored nook
others languish in the box.
Treasures tell tales to the few who knew.
Memories fade to vague recollection.
Soon vanishing -
then forever lost.

Diane Shotton

15 November 2003