End of the Story – An Object Poem

The prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub Meeting at the Bar today was to write a poem inspired by someTHING — to write about the sensory and memory perceptions from an object old or new. A particular object immediately came to mind, and I tried to come up with something less obvious for me, but once an idea takes hold in my mind there’s no point in fighting it. So here’s my object poem about my favorite copy of the New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs.

End of the Story

It holds only
half the story
but the better half
the ending
where peace and joy
reign with the King

Soft red leather
feels like velvet
in my cool hands
smooth as a feather

Parchment thin pages
slide through my fingers
and tiny words require
removal of my glasses
evoking a feeling of
closeness to the Word

And powerful
that’s how it makes me feel
And sad, and grateful

So many memories
of tucking it into
my purse or suitcase
heading to Vegas,
Hawaii, or Salt Lake City

Salt Lake stands out
reading next to my seatmate
heading off on his first
required mission trip
reading a book of his own
That led to quite the
interesting discussion

On my bedside table
a vision of comfort
a source of wisdom
a reminder that I am able
to know my Savior
like a best friend

Now I have a new memory
whenever I gaze
at my favorite little book
and see the tattered spine
chewed by a curious kitten
in his wild and crazy days

And though it is the
end of the Story
its story has not
come to an end
just because of a few
kitten nibbles

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13 responses to “End of the Story – An Object Poem

  1. Jeanne Heaton

    Beautiful! Yes, the story that has not come to an end! We have that to look forward to!

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  2. How beautifully you describe your favorite book…can sure relate to those tiny words and those thin, thin pages. A lovely portrayal.

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  3. I’m so glad the idea wouldn’t let you go, Linda. I also have a number of bibles hanging around (from my time as a nun!) but most recently like my Kindle especially for traveling.

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  4. What a wonderful and very special story, Linda. A wonderful and true BIBLE story. Nothing better than that!

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  5. I think we all have a Bibke that is special. I like the anecdote about the kitten!

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  6. A special bible.. and to find guidance in it. so well described.. loved the detail about the kitty…

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  7. nice… my fav bible has a sheep & flower self-sewed cover wrapped around it… and it’s scribbled full with margin notes…smiles

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  8. smiles…i have quite a few bibles laying around…blame it on my time as a pastor…i would clean out the lost n found or pick up old ones to give out to those that needed….the story is not doe, that is for sure…i love reading the old notes in them as well…

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