Anonymous March Challenge: “Dusty Little Curiosities”

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    Anonymous March Challenge: “Dusty Little Curiosities”

    As previously discussed, the challenge rules have been revamped.

    Henceforth, we will be alternating between “regular” challenges during which members will post their own entries, and anonymous challenges during which entries will be sent to me and I will post them.

    The “Like” function may now be utilized at any time.

    Discussion regarding any entry, or any challenge related issues, may take place at any time in either Bistro. Kindly be mindful that secure entries are only discussed in the Secure Bistro to preserve the first rights of entrants.

    Once the entry phase has been officially closed, and the voting process has begun, critique for public entries may be posted in the voting thread itself, while critique for secure entries must be posted in a dedicated thread in the challenge workshop to preserve the first rights of entrants.

    This is an anonymous month, therefore, entrants must submit their entries to me.*

    Please remember that in submitting an entry you are obligated to cast at least one vote in the poll. Failure to do so will result in your entry being disqualified. The names of entrants will be revealed after our winner has been announced, if you do not desire to participate in the reveal, please inform me in your submission PM.

    The prompt for this month's anonymous challenge as chosen by Foxee is: Dusty Little Curiosities

    *Your entry must be submitted anonymously and therefore should be PMed to me, Chester's Daughter, so that I may post it for you. Please be sure to indicate in your PM on which board you prefer your work posted, PUBLIC or SECURE. I am responsible for linking all entries posted on the secure board to public board.

    The names of entrants will be revealed after our winner has been announced, if you do not desire to participate in the reveal, please inform me in your submission PM.

    ***VERY IMPORTANT*** Kindly make sure your entry is properly formatted and error free before you PM it to me as you will be unable to edit your work once I have posted it. If your work requires a disclaimer, please inform me in your submission PM.


    Do not post comments in this thread. Any discussion related to the challenge can take place in the Bards’ Bistro for entries on the public board, and the Secure Bards’ Bistro for entries on the secure board.

    This challenge will close on the 15th of March at 7pm EST.

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    Sequestered in the back of the attic,
    one by one,
    she’d squirreled them away
    in an ancient curio cabinet.

    To an unaware audience,
    they’d resemble little lumps of coal,
    but that mattered not
    for only her hardened eyes
    were permitted to espy
    those incarcerated hunks of her soul.

    Her life had been fraught
    with an extraordinary amount
    of devastating events
    that ought not plague
    a single individual.
    The decades decayed
    in a constant cavalcade
    of the worst fate had to offer.

    Ever averse
    to the cowardly art of the buckle,
    she’d right wrongs and endure,
    but in an attempt to maintain
    what remained pure
    post skirmish,
    she’d paralyze, excise, and then store
    the echoes of her battles
    to enable her to engage some more.

    Once their number
    hit triple digits,
    she refrained from the visits
    she’d regularly made
    to extract and caress
    random prisoners of war.
    She’d relive their essence
    and drench the hardwood floor
    with a deluge of saline
    lest she forget her “victories”
    for she’d bested the worst
    hadn’t she?
    Ah, but at what cost.

    That cabinet, now dressed in dust,
    awaits her in vain,
    for she, too, is waiting.
    Seated in her rocking chair,
    humming Amazing Grace,
    she knows a text, a call,
    or a ringing doorbell is nigh
    to herald the next “why oh why”

    and with too much of herself
    already smothered in mites
    she knows the next disaster
    will usher her into her long good night.

    And good it will indubitably be,
    for finally
    she will be free
    as will the ill she imprisoned,
    and her soul,
    reunited with its missing mass
    and the promise of being
    evermore excused
    from the dastardly dole,
    will once more be whole.

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    The Collector

    Old dusty curiosities,
    miscellaneous discoveries,
    a jumble of absurdities,
    frivolities and vanities,
    collected opportunities
    to showcase multiplicities.

    Small idiosyncrasies,
    impractical obscurities,
    mix of peculiarities,
    some with similarities,
    also a few anomalies
    enhancing authenticities.

    All sorts of possibilities,
    with different personalities;
    bottles from old distilleries,
    some pictures of celebrities,
    pennies that are rarities
    and cards from anniversaries.

    Monstrosities and forgeries,
    Gran’s teeth and other lunacies,
    she’s making no apologies
    for glaring incongruities;
    exposing eccentricities
    and maybe insecurities.

    Caddies, machetes, china bees,
    irrational irrelevancies,
    no concept of sufficiencies
    but led by availabilities,
    she indulges her propensities
    for collecting generalities.

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