CHINA HEIRLOOM

Posted by Admin on Sunday, 11th May 2008, 00:00

A jug with a serpentine handle –
an old octagonal jug;
when I study its red and blue pattern,
how my heart begins to tug!
For I think of its previous owner,
who dusted and washed it with care,
and treasured that stoneware china
as if it were Ming and rare.
That loving and lovely lady,
now long since gone to her rest,
who cherished, too, a youngster
in spite of boyish zest
that shunned overt affection,
until a plot was dug
to take that proud possessor
of the serpent handled jug –
a piece to me now priceless:
my grandma’s antique jug.

T. C. Hudson 1975

© T. C. Hudson.

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