L. K. Thayer

(Fargo, North Dakota)

Hope Chest

my restless wanderings have faded
it's nice to want to wear the same coat
the lining is familiar to my skin
the hem has been let out
the fabric is softer
my buttons stay buttoned
more often

I feel my heart
encased in this conch shell
the waves
have subsided
my rock still skips along
the top of the water
with a skip in my step
crossing over stepping stones
to solid ground
unearthing my Plain Jane-ness

less paint on my palette
fewer strokes to get the picture
pastel watercolors trace the outline
of the girl that was once
a girl

Raggedy Ann dreams have
pirouetted into stuffed throw pillows
where I lay my head
the parent has grown up
the child has put away her toys
the ones that were worn out
the ones that she played with too long

no longer do I look
for the Jack-in-the-Box thrill
or dare how high I can swing
without a net to catch my fall

Submitted: Friday, April 24, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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