“Granny’s Chiffarobe”: Poem Inspired by Kelly Bingham Poetry Writing Workshop

YA author Kelly Bingham is here in our library as I write!  She is doing poetry writing workshops with our English classes today….what an amazing poet!

Here is my poem from the list writing strategy she showed us today:

“Granny’s Chiffarobe”

Polished gleaming mahogany

Gold patina handles inviting you to open doors to the past
Lingering odor of fluffy golden biscuits mingled with Rose Milk perfume and musty mothballs
Former home to calico cotton dresses and floral aprons
         Your worn Bible and pearl-handled pistol
Bits of quilting cotton left as breadcrumbs to a time now existing only in my memories
The secret door to Narnia I never could find.

Draft 2, posted 12:55

“Granny’s Chiffarobe”

Polished gleaming mahogany

Gold patina handles inviting you to open doors to the past
Lingering odor of fluffy golden biscuits mingled with Rose Milk perfume and musty mothballs
Former home to faded calico cotton dresses and floral aprons
         Your worn Bible and pearl-handled pistol
Ghostly tufts of quilting cotton left as breadcrumbs to a time now existing only in my memories
The secret door to Narnia I never could find.

 

Draft 3, posted 2:10

 

“Granny’s Chiffarobe”

Polished gleaming mahogany

Gold patina handles inviting you to open doors to the past
Lingering odor of fluffy golden buttery biscuits mingled with Rose Milk perfume and musty mothballs
Former home to faded calico cotton dresses and floral aprons
         and your two weapons:  a well-worn Bible and a pearl-handled pistol
Ghostly tufts of quilting cotton left as breadcrumbs leading back to a time now existing only in my memories
The secret door to Narnia I never could find.

 

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