Tuesday, 18 September 2012


At first glance you may have passed
that dusty box plain rusted
with nails that clasped fixing
an ornamental lock
that should have fastened with a bolt
but that had been long gone
along with the years
when he'd guarded it close
I always in wonderment what it had held
but this was a part of house and estate
and intrepidly now I reached up to take
but still I could not bring to task
to opening up that deep wooden cask
Not too large I decided to polish the grain
waxing I rubbed to glisten again
and there it sat for the whole of the day
with me staring hard wondering what way
I could steal myself to prise open the lid
but there was no other way ~ I clicked
the clasp ~ the lid sprang open and I could see at last
inside that dusty old box ~ was completely empty and clear
puzzled I knocked onto each of the walls nothing concealed
no hidden stalls ~ but wait ~ I see there's a corner upturned
I pulled at the edge as the floor gave way ~ a velvet cloth ~
seemed hidden ~ swathed in threads of silvery gold ~ I untied
the pouch from days of old ~ and there before my widened eyes ~
the biggest surprise of my life ~ chippings of diamonds, emeralds and pearls, rubies and sapphires and one of my curls ~ but the richest of these I can say from the heart ~ was the childhood treasure ~ that he clearly wouldn't part. 


  1. I was afraid at first this would be one of those Pandora experiences. But no...it's a lovely tribute to memories of charm and love...all beloonging almost to another age, stored safely in an attic for you to peruse and remember. Lovely, Lib!

    1. Thanks Jacquie, really pleased you enjoyed it - and quite true about that curl - a friend found one of her long plaits that her Mum had kept from when she had her hair cut into a shorter style - had no idea - hugs Lib

  2. aww nice..this is lovely...love what you found...and love also the whole process of the opening, the polishing it outside first, the tension, being a little afraid..the disappointment and then...lovely..

  3. smiles...commented at your other place..wish i would have seen it here as it is much easier to comment here...smiles...hope you are well...

    1. yes, tried to retrieve but couldn't :( thankyou so much for stopping by x x lib

  4. The value of what cannot be replaced, true treasure. You build to the reveal well and I enjoyed feeling the anticipation, nicely done!

    1. thanks Anna glad you enjoyed this piece x Lib

  5. Not all mysteries should be solved. Wonderfully rich and melancholic write. I'm glad I experienced your poem this morning.