A Jar of Waterfalls – a poem

 

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Written for the Daily Prompt: Glass

It used to be a jar of marmalade

that hadn’t quite forgotten the stickiness

that was their wedding breakfast.

They cleaned it up

and traded it

for a promise of treasure and adventure.

The jar sat on their shelf

collecting

laughter and  reflections of dances under fairy lights

A nickel for Santiago

a dime for Chile

a dollar for Berlin

A ticket for the falls

Soon a blessing fell on them

that they did not expect.

Still, they brought home

the last piece to their hearts

in a sweet- smelling bundle.

The jar sat on the shelf

collecting

Sleepless conversations and the tinkling silver of childhood.

A nickel for Santiago

a dime for Chile

a dollar for Berlin

A ticket for the falls

The speed of life was unpredictable

and grey grew quicker than any grass.

One day they looked up at the yellowed glass

and decided that

it was time

to scatter these creaking bones.

A nickel for Santiago

a dime for Chile

a dollar for Berlin

A ticket for the falls

A postcard to their dearest Penelope


*Loosely based on the Pixar movie Up. Originally I had planned for this story to be much more haunting and depressing. But, after crying my eyes out after watching Up, I decided that I would rather give an old couple a happy ending.

They deserved it.*

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