Mantel (Italian ca. 1825-30) Architecture New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Easter Poem for a Mantel

Let me tell you about a mantel

firmly etched into my memory.

It would be almost half the size

of this ornate Italian Marble.

Made of wood and fire not used

as I recall. While in the front

of that mantel stood a small

pedestal which had two shelves

that housed all my treasures.

A little tin for pocket money,

my writing compendium and

letters. I still have those letters;

postcards; my knitting, etc, etc.

At Easter mother’s darning basket

now bereft of wool and darning needles

has suddenly become a nest.

Oh! the excitement of Easter treats

for my sisters and I.

How haloed that mantel to me.

And a cottage long demolished.

Benita H. Kape (c) 31.3.2021

My Current Mantel