Today, in gratitude for making it to Day 20, our (optional) prompt asks you to write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. It could be a friendship bracelet made for you by a grade-school classmate, an itchy sweater from your Aunt Louisa, a plateful of cinnamon toast from your grandmother, a mix-tape from an old girlfriend. And whatever gift you choose, we wish you happy writing!
I wrote this poem as a tribute to a friend who I met last year after more than three decades.
Eighteen green stones
One for every two years’ gone
Embedded in a cast of gold
Strung together in an unbreakable bond
Built on sweet mango pickle, Toblerone
And dwindling memories of life at eleven
I wear our friendship around my neck
Past salvaged by your patience and time
I trace my fingers on each lemony drop
That gently rests on my chest and falls below my collarbone
And I see a celebration of who you’ve become
From a pig-tailed girl to a woman, who found passion in creation
P.S. You could’ve given me anything
but you chose to give me this:
a gift made by you-unique and exclusive
Especially for me
And I see you haven’t changed- you’re just the same
Beautiful, sensitive and creative
And the memories flood back of lamington cakes, tamarind trees and the year five dormitory.
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