Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Pillow to The Wish 
A pillow listened to one girl's wishes 
A genie listened to another girl's wishes 

The Pillow (Shakespearean sonnet) 

Was this the pillow which once held her head
Her gateway to dreams of another day
Her comfort in Joy and tears which she shed
Was this the friend which wouldn’t run away
What care did she spread which kept you so new
Her journey through time has kept you the same
Her heartfelt concerns held hopes which you drew
What did she impart which age couldn’t claim
Wish of her mornings as new light arrives
Her very first prayer was heard by your side
Her faith in tomorrow softness revives
Wish yet again some shadow replied
Was this the pillow of her mystery
Her dreams and whispers please share them with me 

A keepsake comes alive in this Shakespearean sonnet. This sonnet uses a bit of word structure to convey one last subconscious message. We will notice that "Her" begins every second and third line of the quatrains. One closer examination, the fist word and the first word of the forth line are the same. This forms a pattern (for example: Was, Her, Her, Was). Since the rhyming couplet only contains two lines, this word stricture is incomplete. This leave us with a subconscious feeling of incompletion. 

Arlene had her passion for her scrapbooks and boxes. This was a time before our hand held devices that we now use to record our daily lives with pictures and videos. In the scrapbooks Arlene composed pictures and small memorabilia (ticket stubs, programs, receipts, et cetera) into heartfelt and warm memories. In the boxes she put away larger memorabilia like: the kid's first blankets, their first booties; their first books, their awards, their writings, cards, letters, my first Santa Claus outfit, my Easter bunny suit and thing like that. Arlene was not a pack rat. Her boxes are few and well organized. One of Arlene's memorabilia is her childhood pillow. She was unsure of when she got it, but made its box when we moved in together. This was the pillow that she told all her secrets to. This was the pillow bore her joys and her tears. This was the pillow that heard about a boy. Was this what made her dreams come true? 

Memories. They have their time and place. It is fun and important to go back and enjoy our memories every now and then. They are reminders of where we came from. If we think about it, the one who made those memories is gone. But it is important not to dwell on our memories too long. This can be a challenge if one lived lived a great life or if tomorrow seems to hold no promise. It is particularly valuable when tomorrow holds no promise that making wonder filled moments now is so important. Not only use this now to make good moments, but make the best moments we can. So many are satisfied with being average. But humans are not average. We are different. Think of the moments we make now as treasures. Fill your boxes with treasures. And as we do so, Enjoy. 

To all those nights alone with her pillow: Pillow "Song for Beginning" 

If you had three wishes what would you wish for 

Genies (also called jinn or genii) are spirits in cultures of the Middle East and Africa. The term genie comes from the Arabic word jinni, which referred to an evil spirit that could take the shape of an animal or person with magical powers. Hedy finds a genie in her attic. She is entitled to three wishes. Hedy only wants one. Why? Let's join TomSka and find out. 
Does Hedy have a genie-ous plan? "The Wish" 

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Bonnie Blair


  1. I too have memories I hug close to my chest. And hope to retain them.

    1. And I bet, they are grand memories
      Thank you and may all your moments be treasures

  2. Memories are grand to look back on and learn from too, but yep, even more should come due. Never thought about that person being gone, but they are, as older and wiser by far.

    1. Wow! I mentioned one thing that you have never thought about. I'm doing pretty good or you are very impressive at compliments
      Thank you

  3. Memories - a gift for me alone to behold, I guard them as they are more precious than gold. The heart the only pillow I know, for it hold the tears of the weeping willow..

    1. Memory in words
      Sing to me in expressions
      Meaning of a smile

      Thank you

    2. Martin I think you experienced "true"love in your journey. I hope your new wife brings as much joy!!!

  4. What a sweet idea of a pillow of mysteries. The poem is lovely and I'm glad you and Arlene had so many happy memories.

    1. Thank you
      I'm sure you have some remarkable treasures

  5. A pillow of mysteries will always hold memories. More so when shared wirh a loved one. Wonderful sonnet Martin


    1. Wonderfully worded comment
      Thank you for your kind words