Mother’s Junk Drawer

Teeth-gnawed yellow #2 pencil stubs.
One Avon Coral Pink lipstick.
Rosary missing crucifix.
Emery board. Eleven rubber bands.
Antique roller skate key.
Three packs Juicy Fruit gum,
never opened.
One white Sunday glove.
Thirty-two S&H green stamps.
A gathering of . . . what?


Written for dVerse where I’m hosting Quadrille Monday, asking folks to write an exactly 44 word poem (sans title) that includes the word, or a form of the word, gather.  Junk drawers: quite a gathering place. Do you have one?

22 thoughts on “Mother’s Junk Drawer

  1. Willow April 23, 2018 / 7:23 pm


    Just kidding. These are my favorite items:
    “Antique roller skate key.
    Three packs Juicy Fruit gum …
    One white Sunday glove.”

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 11:48 pm

      Ha! I think we all have junk drawers to some degree 🙂


  2. Charley April 23, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Proof of time travel. An awesomely quirky collection gathered into a fun poem!

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    • lillian April 23, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      Oh yes…..those junk drawers that many of us have take years to accumulate all their artifacts! 🙂


      • Charley April 24, 2018 / 6:52 pm

        I hate to say it but, besides books and my writings, I have few artifacts for future archaeologists to unearth.


  3. Frank Hubeny April 23, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    It gives one another perspective on someone to see what gathered around them.

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  4. kim881 April 24, 2018 / 2:24 am

    Your poem reminds me of my grandmother’s various drawers and cupboards, a real treasure trove for children!

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  5. Jo April 24, 2018 / 8:43 am

    What we keep in junk drawers is an interesting mish-mash of things, isn’t it?

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  6. Laura Bloomsbury April 24, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    the mismatched gathering of these objects is a touching treasure trove of your mother’s life – lovely rhythm to the list Lillian


    • lillian April 24, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      Great idea! Maybe my next Poetics? 😊


  7. Manja Mexi Movie April 24, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    I must say that by way of this poem I got prompted, spurred on and all that was necessary to write my first dVerse quadrille and I shall be posting it shortly. Thank you.

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    • lillian April 24, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      Hurrah! That’s wonderful news. I’ve loved the Quadrille since I was introduced to it here. It just seems a very good length to me. 🙂

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  8. D. Avery @shiftnshake April 24, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    A themeless drawer? The poem intrigues and alarms, as I might have a drawer or two where stuff just is. Yes, you may have prompted a prompt.


  9. Adda April 24, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Love this!


  10. merrildsmith April 25, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I’m afraid there are a few junk drawers in my house. Excellent use of gathering!


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