Simple Wooden Box


It is but a simple wooden box

An unadorned treasure chest

Holding the rare tokens of my past

A river stone from a favorite place

That is silent to any other ear

But I hear the water that played near

An old photograph of a younger face

Someone the heart held so dear

Smudged by my long ago tears

A father’s ring in solid gold

That a son’s finger could never wear

Brings a wishing he was there

My first guitar pick, now so old

Stirs an image of me with long hair

Silk shirt and platforms for flair

Ticket stub from a concert I saw

A Chinese coin for the luck it brings

A mundane array of trivial things

They would seem nothing at all

But to me they are the everythings

Found within the rememberings

An unadorned treasure chest

It is but a simple wooden box


17 Responses to “Simple Wooden Box”
  1. Over the years, I’ve been able to ‘let go’ of some things that hold that kind of sentimental value – not all, but some. As much as I’m grateful for all things computer, there are times that touching a tangible memory in your fingertips is priceless.

  2. beth says:

    I live this and have a few special things myself. I live that the box is simple, yet holds such precious treasures

  3. Jim Borden says:

    love all the memories this brings back; wonderful poem, Brad!

  4. kristianw84 says:

    I love those old boxes filled with pieces of the past. Priceless treasures! Please tell me you have a photo of you with long hair and platform shoes!! 😍😍

    • Brad Osborne says:

      No, sadly I do not. I had one of myself and the lead singer and carried in my wallet for years after the band broke up. About fifteen years later I ran into Steve and with laughed for hours over the photo. I left it with him as he seemed to need more than I at the time. But I do still have a photo of me with ling hair, I just wasn’t that young….😁

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this is lovely. I love the whole idea and the beautiful imagery. Such a great title too. Sending you love and hugs and once again, I am truly happy for your award. What a treat to see this. xoxox Jonikens

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Everyone should have a simple wooden box for their treasures.

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