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About the Poem

The cloth is a metaphor for something or someone of sentimental value, be it an object, a person or even something as intangible as a relationship.

This may not a great poem, in terms of "every literary technique and style" that they teach us in school but it sort of flowed out of my mind one day as I was listening to The Corr's 1st album. Anyway, this poem is special to me because it's one of the easiest poems I've ever written. I wrote it in about I thought of everything I've ever cared about, from an actual security blanket that I had as a child to my friends and family.

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Terrific!! Simple with depth!

Treasured Thing

The moth-eaten cloth
Traveled the years
Through beaten roads
And wearied paths.
The moth-eaten cloth
Tattered and torn
Traveled with me
On & on.
But as time wore on
the cloth wore thin.
No longer able
To be used to clean
Up my sorrows or my fears.
A piece of memory
A fragment of past.
A moth-eaten cloth,
That has seen its last.
Yet it remains
A part of me
The cloth eaten by moths
But survived to be
A treasured friend

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