June Prompt: Here, take this. We don't need it anymore.
On a bookshelf
at the back,
in a room reserved for guests,
a pretty vase sits, long-forgotten;
a thin mantle of grime and dust
concealing its true palette and pedigree.
Open-mouthed, it awaits a higher purpose--
the chance to hold and quench the thirst
of phlox or rose or mum.
It’s all just stuff:
bits of stuff and nonsense.
The need to hold on tight
owned and owner both,
until what we keep
Linda Hatfield is a retired teacher who has been writing poetry since she was a teen and is working on penning a CNF/memoir. Her poems have been published in the ARTA magazine, the YYC POP online exhibit, and the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Anthology in 2021. She just received word that two of her poems placed in the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest and will be published this fall. She is a member of the Espresso Poetry Collective, who self-published an anthology called Uncommon Grounds in the midst of the pandemic. When not engaged with the written word, Linda loves to read, travel, garden, and create with paint, fabric and photography. She lives in Calgary with her husband, Rick Smith.