Poem: Treasure Box

 

Treasure Box

by Shannon P. Laws

 

Single spine of a roof
cuts the home in half

Living space on the right
three bedrooms on the left
down a long straight hall

The house is their ribcage
holds golden promises
diamond hard hope
and two children

I see the white door smudged
gray around the knob
where working hands push

Gold drapes hang on either side
of the bay window like the lungs
of my chain-smoking parents

 


 

This poem was sparked from a prompt to write about your childhood home.  What do you remember about your childhood home?  Can you see the kitchen in the morning sunlight, the living room at night, the front door, the bathroom sink?

We lived in the same home for about 16 years.  I remember everything about it.  I can see the layout in my mind.  The gold carpet in the 70’s and the new blue carpet in the 80’s, the “modern” verticle blinds hung on the sliding glass door that opened to the long narrow backyard.

The next prompt I am exploring is describing a “childhood sanctuary”.   Did you have a secret place away from the grown-ups, away from trouble that was your quiet place?  What was in it, what did you do, what did it look like, how did it make you feel to be there, and what were you hiding from?

Hope you might be inspired to write your own childhood poem or a sanctuary poem.  Happy writing!  -Shannon

Event: Auburn Days

You’re invited~

Auburn Days Logo

I’m proud to be apart of

2015 Auburn Days celebration

August 14, 15 & 16

Weekend full of events including a poetry contest on Sunday at the Auburn Avenue Theater!  Growing up in Federal Way I have many memories of all the summer fun the valley has to offer.  I’m coming home South Kind County!

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Crowds at the Auburn Festival
Crowds at the Auburn Festival

 

 

Poets on Parade  |  Sunday August 16th

 

Poetry event at the
Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave, Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 833-5678

Includes

Organizing Your Manuscript from Start to Finish, Workshop by Matthew Brouwer

Importance of Poetry and Community Lecture by Auburn Poet Laureate Marjorie Rommel

 

Featured Poets

Emilie Rommel Shimkus, David D. Horowitz, Cathy Nguyen (Tacoma Poet Laureate), Lorraine Healy, Joann C. Roberts, Shannon P. Laws, Natasha Moni, Matthew Brouwer

 

Open Mic Poetry Contest

hosted by Christopher J. Jarmick.

Contest Judges: Matthew Brouwer, Shannon P. Laws, Lorraine Healy

(six prizes awarded)  and a NON-contest open mic is held while the contest judges deliberate.

 

Parade

 

**To learn more about Auburn Days:

http://www.auburndays.com/

Striped Water Poets is organizing the poet events.  Please visit their website:

https://sites.google.com/site/stripedwaterpoets/