Wednesday, April 21, 2021

R - The Rosewood Dresser


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And there it stood 
a deep chestnut colored 
Rosewood dresser
as years piled by, layer after layer
with the dust laden memorabilia 
muddled together into its drawers.

Only the dresser knew, 
which among those in that clutter
once held dearer than the rest
and in which order,
that were now labeled   
as the paraphernalia.    

An oxidized filigree earring lost from its pair, a scratchy picture of carefree young faces, a rusted wrist watch with a tattered glass dial, an old school progress report with blurred grades, a book-marked and dog eared novel, a torn and pieced together musical greeting card, a yellowed letter with pages stuck together holding on to the fragile folds and creases , few revenue stamps, a broken Walkman, old Nokia mobile phone, a handmade woolen muffler, few rusted coins, a pair of fragmented lac bangles, a fountain pen, a gold ring with missing stones, a pair of tiny mittens, a baby scarf, a small black transistor radio and a red leather bound diary.....

Left there untended,
in those drawers 
singing a eulogy 
as they departed
of that Rosewood dresser
that was now to be readied 
as a keeper anew. 

PS : This post is posted as part of #BlogchatterA2Z 2021 challenge for the letter R. 
Poem posted as part of the 30 day poetry challenge for the month of April #NaPoWriMo2021 and #ArtoonsInnPoetryParlour.

There was a prompt in NaPoWriMo2021 to compose a poem on the items inside an old drawer. This is my attempt on that prompt. 


Anita Sabat said...

Interesting contents of the super Rosewood dresser.
It stands as a witness and keeper.

Leha said...

Such a nostalgia evoking piece. Loved it. And it's been years I heard someone mention a walkman. Remembered my childhood days.

Chinmayee Gayatree Sahu said...

The memories that it holds , the time that it has seen, the Rosewood dresser holds a lot of secret for sure! Well crafted.

Unknown said...

Beautiful, the dresser and the memories. So well written.

Srivalli Rekha said...

The contents of the dresser are so interesting. I'm weaving a story of my own here. Lovely as always, Ira. Very touching and poignant.

Arti said...

Skipped a beat and melted with :'a torn and pieced together musical greeting card'
Love it.

my space said...

Oh this is so nostalgic...The fine details are like little nuggets tossed and forgotten...I have a post on the wooden dresser too.

Durga Prasad Dash said...

Very interesting mixture of contents for the drawers. as if each item has a tale of its own.