keep this ring – a poem

Side Note:

I’m taking part in the 2014 PAD challenge, which means this is a break in what I usually post. Today’s Poem is to:

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Keep This (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Keep This a Secret,” “Keep This Letter,” “Keep This Moment,” or “Keep This Poem.”

Instead of writing for NaNoWriMo, I’ve decided to make these poems inspired by the second draft of my work-in-progress, currently titled “Arch Villains”. It will also be posted in the PAD Challenge post.



Keep this ring

Sifting through the wreckage,
charred remains
of a future
he worked for
but will never see,
sits a metal box,
cortan steel,
intricately welded,
made of tiny pieces,
accessed by a clasp
underneath a flower
made of multiple rings
with an empty space
for one more.

Keep this ring safe,
he said.
l look at the one l wear
laced on a necklace,
both made by my father,
gifted engineer,
master craftsman.

The box is all that remains
of my father,
and his precious ideologies
ideas propelling him to rebel
in his suit of armor,
become the icon of the people,
and sacrifice his life.

Keep this ring safe,
he said.
Was it worth it?
Unsure, the ring
comes off the necklace,
placed on the empty space.
The box opens.

How about you?

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This post was first published at 2014/11/05.

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