Byegone Days??

Byegone Days??


I noticed the “fluffy”

white(grey) rabbit

nestled cosily on your

bedroom window,

tail dangling on a

thread of frail cotton.

Then I noticed more.

The small framed tapestry

of a butterfly

you crafted when you

were eight years old;

you called her Emily;

A Plaster of Paris hedgehog,

years of dust caught in his spikes,

and painted half-heartedly

when you lost interest.

Then the puzzling rectangle

of wood, varnished,

with a hole in the top.

(You did tell me what it was).

All, perhaps,  unnoticed by others;

each with a detailed history,

a fountain of memories

and a daily reminder

that you will

always be

my children.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. journeyintopoetry
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 15:44:03

    I have tried over and over to create spacing in this poem but whatever I do it prints like this, all in one block. And I wanted the spacing for effect. I hope you can space it in your minds! 🙂


  2. Ina
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 16:04:40

    This is such a lovely poem, as describing each item speaks of the care and love you have for the makers. They will always be your children 🙂

    I have some things from when mine were little too and there is always a story to go with it 🙂 Plaster of Paris, I wonder what that is…

    The spacing, I think you need to use the HTML in stead of the visable option in the edit space.

    Love and a big hug!


    • journeyintopoetry
      Sep 17, 2011 @ 10:53:56

      Thank you Ina!

      Plaster of Paris is a powder you mix with water, pour into a mould till it sets, then turn it out. I used to love this as a child myself; still do!

      And thanks for the info.

      Love and hugs xx


  3. Becoming herself
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 18:10:46

    I agree with Ina’s first paragraph above. I especially like the lines about the puzzling rectangle. I’m trying to think what it could possibly be! I also like how it evokes the idea of something being forgotten in time, but in another way, it still being very immediate and meaningful.

    Here is a link to info about using HTML formatting on your blog. (Working out how to do spacing used to drive me bonkers too.)


  4. journeyintopoetry
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 10:51:01

    Thank you for your kind comment, and also for the link regarding spacing!! It will be good to get it sorted!

    And my daughter called me last night after reading the poem to remind me that the hole was for a miniature test tube which was, in turn, for a miniature single stem.
    How could I possibly have forgotten this? !

    Christine xx


  5. Martin Shone
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:43:20

    Wonderful poem, memories are what hold us together.

    Here’s a tip about formatting poetry. You’ll probaly get it from the link that Becoming Herself has provided.

    Here’s what I do:
    If I want single space writing I hold down the shift key while pressing return and the for the gap you’re after just press the return on it’s own.


  6. Christine Moran
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 11:47:33

    Thank you Martin.

    That is what I thought I had done. I must have done something wrong!



  7. Deano
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 18:24:56

    Brought a Wide smile to my Sunday face……….Took me way back,your desciption is spot on……plaster of paris hedgehog…emily:-)……Great stuff again……
    and i ended with a tear in my eye,”a reminder you you will always be my children” a great ending to a GREAT POEM …….well done yet AGAIN xxxx


  8. journeyintopoetry
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:35:35

    Thank you Dean for this warm and encouraging comment.

    You are a great support to me.

    Hugs x


  9. evocative embrace
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 02:54:53

    I love it!!!!!!!! Get it done Christine!!


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