Junk Drawer

October 2, 2011
By StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi


I.
Whenever you wanted bubblegum,
Your mom wouldn’t let you eat it –
Just hold it there in your sweaty palm
Until it undressed itself there
A hollow little egg
Your pale hand stained with red cherry blood

And sometimes you thought that maybe,
(If you waited),
Maybe that little egg would crack at the seams
You would watch
As a cherry-bubblegum bird stretched its wings in the sugared air
Testing them
And escaped against the Technicolor sky, finally free

All for twenty-five cents.

II.
And then there was that phase you went through
Where you used to load up your pockets with little white stones,
Your reasoning being that, if you found enough quartz
You could make a clock big enough to bend the centuries
And become the world’s first time-traveler
At the age of seven.

But it didn’t really work,
Because when you turned eight someone told you
That it wasn’t quartz in your pockets after all.

You realized then
That you didn’t really want to be a scientist.

III.
And in an old Altoids box there are
One,
Two,
Seventy-six buttons,
The kinds that come with new clothes
In case the other ones fall off.

You don’t remember why you still have them
Because the reason escaped when you opened the drawer,
Drifting like a dust mote on the stuffy, autumnal air,

Drowning in the equinox.

IV.
Paper lies in layers,
Scars resting on faint flesh;
You ruffle through them,
Perhaps expecting to find some long-lost,
Long-dead skeleton of memory
Like the bones of some withered dinosaur –

But nothing is there.
The drawer slams shut,
Scaring the past to sleep
Curling up in layers of possible universes

No lullaby waits for the infamous.



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on Dec. 3 2011 at 9:43 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

Thanks so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. ^-^

on Dec. 3 2011 at 1:56 pm
cmiley_freaky SILVER, Mississauga, Other
5 articles 8 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Go for it now, the future is promised to no one." - Wayne Dyer.

OH MY GOD.
i cannot emphasize enough on how much i love this!
and i love how you divided your poem into four! reminds me of eliot's preludes :P
 

on Nov. 26 2011 at 4:44 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

Thank you so much! :) I drew from my own odd childhood for a lot of this.

on Nov. 26 2011 at 4:43 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

I'd be more than happy to read your work! :) And thanks for commenting on this.

on Nov. 25 2011 at 7:34 pm
LifesIllusion BRONZE, Cicero, Indiana
4 articles 0 photos 127 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't let your fears slow you down. Instead, chase them down and beat them."

This story felt so real to me that it was as if I was the little girl looking back at all of my memories from my childhood. I love all the detail and your word choce:) 5/5 stars

Lexie96 GOLD said...
on Nov. 4 2011 at 9:11 pm
Lexie96 GOLD, Havana, Illinois
11 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
Now Cinderella don't you go to sleep, it's such a bitter form of refuge, oh don't you know the kingdom's under siege, and everbody needs you. - The Killers

oh, I love this so much... and I think it's really relatable because I think we all have times where we go back and look at the memories of our past... I know I do :) Great work, seriously.

Do you think you could check out my poems sometime? I would love to hear your feedback.


on Oct. 18 2011 at 4:13 pm
Sarajustine BRONZE, Massapequa, New York
1 article 0 photos 35 comments
This was really good! :) I love the last line—very, very good ending. Great job!

on Oct. 17 2011 at 2:10 pm
PaigeStreet PLATINUM, Juneau, Alaska
47 articles 0 photos 218 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Stay golden"
- Johnny (The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton)

Holy cow this is fantastic. Very excellent, painful, powerful, nostalgiac, and brutal. I am very impressed. 

on Oct. 16 2011 at 8:14 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

And you do mean "mature" by "refined" and not "explicit," I hope? ;) Thank you!

GreyGirl ELITE said...
on Oct. 15 2011 at 7:29 pm
GreyGirl ELITE, Pohang,Kyungbuk, Other
170 articles 122 photos 392 comments
WOW! This definitely deserved the editor's choice :-) Very mature. I loved it!

on Oct. 14 2011 at 10:03 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

Thank you so much! :) And actually, all these things happened to me.

on Oct. 14 2011 at 8:22 pm
SagaLiSela PLATINUM, Boonsboro, Maryland
27 articles 27 photos 85 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I love you."

Simple as that.

Or not that simple.

Wonderful. This piece is universail, but also unique. I love the images you create; they're so familiar but still, beautiful.

on Oct. 14 2011 at 5:10 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

Yeah... that was just something I was trying out, the numbers. I saw it in a literary magazine and thought I'd see if it worked.

on Oct. 14 2011 at 5:10 pm
StrangeJade PLATINUM, Relative Obscurity, California
36 articles 17 photos 391 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it." - Life of Pi

Aw, thank you. ^-^

on Oct. 11 2011 at 8:36 pm
sunny.all.day. GOLD, Potomac, Maryland
15 articles 0 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you."
— A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)
"writing is a struggle against silence" carlos fuentos
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

I loved the imagery and all the different things we collect over the years. I think we all can relate to this :) Except I think the numbers before each item just distracts the reader a little...

on Oct. 11 2011 at 5:21 pm
Kvothe28 SILVER, Temecula, California
5 articles 0 photos 78 comments

Favorite Quote:
Excuse me while I prepare my impromptu remarks. -Winston Churchill

Tell it like it is, not how it was. -Jonathan

Break it down like a fine English double-gun. -R. Bitoni

I really enjoyed reading this. As a cherry-bubblegum bird stretched its wings in the sugared air. That was my favorite line. Awesome. And congradulations on the editor's choice. =)




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