Treasures of Twila Fae
by Esther Thornburg
(Cantril, Iowa USA)
The girlhood play of Twila Fae
Filled a notebook with what adults say
A clipping from here, a clipping from there
Saved from things the gown-ups share.
A portion from an invitation, or birthday card
A dried leaf from September's yard.
A snip of a ribbon off a gift wrap
Wording clipped from a ball player's cap
It all plants a story on the notebook page
Recording the history of childhood days
Build memories that otherwise would fade
Not important enough to make the grade.
There is a flower picture from a catalogue
The birthday page from the calendar
There's a picture from summer vacation
List of dreams from a big imagination.
It says on the front of the book
"Do not dare to take a look!"