All That's Left to Cherish

from Cabin Fever by Mandy Woods

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All That’s Left to Cherish

The things she spent her childhood side by side with,
So familiar they became invisible:
The leather flask from Spain, the silver cookie tin,
The ancient wooden chest with treasures buried deep within;
On the walls so many unseen wedding presents,
Like the flask, most wound up shattered on the floor,
Juvenile games unfailingly to blame,
But the things that still survive just feel more precious every day.

’Til you’re there yourself, it’s hard to comprehend
How significant these things are in the end;
No need to question why, just realise
They’re all that’s left to cherish from past times.

Now she’s the keeper of the history of her family,
Though very few things to hold on to still remain;
Parents both long gone, sold the family home—
She always hoped somehow this time would never ever come;
And so she takes her pick of those mementos,
The things she took for granted way back when:
The chest from ancient days, its treasures still in place,
When she looks at it, she always seems to see her mother’s face.

’Til you’re there yourself, it’s hard to comprehend
How significant these things are in the end;
No need to question why, just realise
They’re all that’s left to cherish from past times.

They can’t turn back the years,
These well-loved souvenirs,
They cannot bring the dead back from the grave;
But they’re worth much more than gold,
For the memories they hold
Stay vivid as the day that they were made.

’Til you’re there yourself, it’s hard to comprehend
How significant these things are in the end;
No need to question why, just realise
They’re all that’s left to cherish from past times,
They’re all that’s left to cherish from past times.

© 2019, Mandy Woods

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from Cabin Fever, released February 22, 2021
Written and performed by Mandy Woods, featuring violin by Judith Hooper

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Mandy Woods Glastonbury, UK

The transatlantic flavour of Mandy Woods’ songs reflects a decade spent in Austin, Texas. Now based in Somerset, she plays guitar and country blues harmonica and performs at venues around the UK. Mandy also writes songs about dachshunds, as WagsLyrical. ... more

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