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A lock of hair
clipped with kisses
from a loved head,
exchanged for my own
bound up with gold
and placed in his pocket—

I kept it with care,
placed it reverently
in a box of brass and glass,
like some saint's relic—
a talisman, a token
bound with blue binding.

Two years it laid
on my cold dresser.
Blue ribbons binding
loosened their hold.
There is a little mauve glass box I own that carries some strange feelings with it.

I emptied it of its contents when I became engaged to my husband, out of superstition, really. I kept it because I don't think love should be thrown away or forgotten, but I threw it out, in the end. It was a reminder of things I did not want to happen again, and I half thought it might bring bad luck. I had bad dreams, sometimes.

Odd little thing I am. :)
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
I keep a four-leaf clover that someone gave me as a wedding gift in a ring box in my nightstand. I never open the box.

~M
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006   Writer
:)

Quite the interesting wedding gift.
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anarchypress Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2006
It's worked out so far...

~M
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006   Writer
Better be careful with that clover, then. ;)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Things can have a funny hold on you.
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Writer
Yes, indeed they can. I should have stuck to keeping matches in it. :)

(No, I've not taken up pipe smoking, too. ;) For candles, of course.)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Some memories need to be discretely burned. :)
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Writer
Ah, I save that for bad poems. :)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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MrsLoriVintage Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Digital Artist
Nicely written :)
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Writer
Thank you. :)
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annaa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
This moves me to hurtfull depths... I can so relate, and I think you (too...) did right it letting it go :nod:


Wonderful moving writing :hug:
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Writer
Thank you so much, anna. :hug:

I'm glad you find it so.
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lesbian-harlequin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
Very fascinating words used here. No doubt this comes from a very unique and enchanting person, but forgive me I do not really understand your poem. Do you mind clarifying it for me?
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Writer
Thank you for your comment. :)

I'm not entirely sure what it is you don't understand, but I'll try to help. (Please let me know if I prove un-helpfull. :) )

My lover and I exchanged locks of hair. I kept it in a box, through a badly ended betrothal, through a very painful parting, until I promised to marry another man.

To me, it's about loss, and memory, and the way certain things always stay with us. Even empty, the box has associations, feelings with it that weren't threre before.
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lesbian-harlequin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
Ah. I get it now. Excellent work. :nod:
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lilymaid7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006   Writer
Thank you. :)
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