It’s Poetics Tuesday over at the dVerse Poets Pub! Today our writing prompt is to:
“Choose an object from your home or outdoors. Look past the obvious characteristics and uses of this object. Spare us the details. Instead, take us to the connection that it has made with you or what it represents.
What does this object mean? Is their a sentimental attachment? What memories does it hold? (they might not be good ones). How has it’s existence effected you or your life? Does it signify a certain era, event, relationship or transition? What emotion(s) does the object evoke? Is it a symbol of joy, failure, fear, success, childhood, grief, love….? Is there a story? What is this object (to you!) beyond what we see visually.
You may want to add a photo of the object with your poem. Remember to begin with “This is not a ______”
This is not a stuffed animal.
A gift from my brothers—
Yum-Yum is her name.
Still smiling after 58 years
of cuddles and tears,
laughter and joy
the best and the worst.
She knew me when…
the world was my oyster
but I couldn’t get it open.
And when I learned
the hard way that some
oysters are better left closed.
My link to cherished yet fading memories—
to beloved friends, family, and pets
who are no longer here.
She gets that part of me
(the one behind the facade)
that no one’s allowed to see and
even I don’t always understand.