Amy Barlow Liberatore… stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz

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The Sweetest Presence

A gift from her sister, I was
oooohed and aaaahed over

Now I hang on a rusty hook
near the back screen door

Listening to kids running
in, out, in, out, slam, slam

Her husband complains that
I’m in his way, bang

(He is too tall, but
I won’t be the one to say)

I was once a variety
of leftover spoons and forks

Then, refiner’s fire made me
flatware that’s really flat

Now comes a quiet breeze
breathing through me

and the gently moving silverware
makes music to soothe the soul

I may not chime the hour
but I have my own charms

She hears my call and
joins me for a cup of tea

Always remembers her sister
when she listens to me

© 2012 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

My dear friend Sherry Blue Sky turned me on to this prompt. Hannah Gosslein (known to many of us as “Sweet Hannah” offered a prompt at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, to inhabit the spirit of a forest plant or creature. I made a detour and chose something that is affected by nature, the humble wind chime. A friend had some that were indeed forged and flattened forks and spoons, leftovers from an old family set, and it left a definitely impression on me. Thanks, Hannah! Peace, Amy