Priceless Antique Poem


In A Nutshell is the first poem I ever wrote, shortly after I started writing for fun, in about grade 2. I remember coming home from school with my little paper work book—the kind that everybody seems to be holding, in those old black and white photos, along with their lunch pail on their first day of school. When I showed it to my mom she made everybody sit down around the table and be quiet. Then I had to stand up and read it like it was a big dramatic production.Here goes! Drum roll please…..

If you were a nut

In a wooden shell

Would it seem like a home?

Or more like a cell?

Would you feel safe

And warm at night?

Or would you just

Feel locked up tight?

Everybody applauded and said it was wonderful, Mummy, Daddy, Granddad, Marsha, Keith, Norma Jean. The younger ones probably clapped too but had no idea why. I was so proud! I learned to love writing for other people’s enjoyment then, but in a family as large as ours any paper record of those efforts quickly went missing—used for finger painting, paper airplanes, or Keith’s habit of just cutting things up for the fun of it! Thank you Butchy*, you know you’ve made this one remaining scrap of paper, by its extreme rarity, a priceless antique!

*We older sisters supposedly renamed Keith, “Butchy” when he was an infant, by always saying “Boojee, Boojee, Boojee” to him when he was on our laps. It may have been Marsha’s special word for baby or perhaps an expression for “Help! This kid is too heavy Mom! He weighs a ton!”

About Yvonne's Musings

Being the second of eight kids born in 11 years to my busy parents ultimately was a real advantage to me. I learned very early that if you wanted to be heard amidst all the noise the best way to accomplish it was to write your thoughts down. My first post to my mother," i hate skool. i cried at skool tooday!" was stuck with ABC chewing gum to the lid of the diaper pail, where I was certain that she would find it. Her attention quickly elicited in me a love of writing that has been life long. Seeking a wider audience I have decided to now, decades later, blog. Happy reading Mom! This is for you!

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