“I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Old Basket

This round woven basket
was my mother’s button bag
when I was a little girl.

That red stain underneath
was there then, and
the green marks on the sides.

Now it’s grey with dust
in spite of washings. Straws
around the rim are broken.

It’s lost the drawstring cloth
that used to be its top,
and where have the buttons gone?

I was allowed to play with them,
lifting them out, sorting
the different colours.

I let them run, rattling,
through my fingers. Sometimes
I played they were people

My mother was 83
when she died,
thirteen years ago.

I didn’t want
expensive mementoes,
just this basket of memories.


  1. Love this poem. How evocative those special objects are.

  2. You have once again opened my memories with your stone, Rosemary. My mother also had a button bag (the outside sewn with random buttons). I played as you did with it. Where is it now? I wish I had it.

  3. I'm glad you both enjoyed.

    Just can't bring myself to throw the basket away.


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