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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Salt and Pepper (07/24/14)

TITLE: Silverware
By vincent lyons
07/31/14


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As a child I watched enthralled as Grandma shined her treasured things—
A work of pure affection, not a chore;
There were smiles and little teardrops as her memory took wings
And flew her back to distant days of yore.

She had told me on occasion the significance they meant,
The people and occasions brought to mind
Of the memories and moments all these pieces represent
Forever in her bric-a-brac enshrined.

But the pride of her collection are two bits of silverware
An inheritance whose origin’s unknown
It would seem from the engraving on this salt and pepper pair
They served condiments within a stately home.

As she polished them to sparkling sure her fantasy took flight;
Perhaps her genes contain nobility?
Were they of the silver service of some lord or noble knight?
She contemplates the possibility.

Then a crease of slight amusement and a twinkle in her eye—
She recalls to mind a rumour known to few
That the silverware was stolen; she is certain it’s a lie,
It’s not a thing some kin of hers would do.

She puts them back now gleaming, in their prime and proper shelf
Though bemused by their secret history
She will keep her flights of fancy forever to herself
Content to never solve the mystery.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/31/14
This is an absolutely marvelous poem--a delight to read.
Carolyn Ancell08/01/14
I love the unexpected turn at the end. A wonderful poem that sings on in the imagination even after the last line.
CD (Camille) Swanson 08/02/14
I really loved this!
Well done.

God bless~
Ellen Carr 08/02/14
Great poem with an interesting mystery. Very well written and a joy to read.
CD (Camille) Swanson 08/08/14
Congrats! Greatjob! I loved this.

God BLess~
Bea Edwards 08/11/14
Nicely written and a unique story poem.