Grandmother’s Five Bolts

Five bolts across the door,
one for every burglar who made off
with bits of her life, leaving her shook to the core,
and her mind a dark storm. She’d trapped

each one here, kept them in the dark, damp corners
of her cellar, these five thieves in the night, to remain
stashed amongst tubs of wood ash, bundles of newspaper,
and rolls of dried corn husk. She’d keep them down here
for their own moral good, maybe bring them old bread

and tepid water every few days – she was after all
of a Christian and charitable heart. Yes, she thought,
that’s what she’d do, if she caught one of them stealing
bits of her life again; she’d squirrel them away in this cellar.

Slowly, she climbed the basement stairs, pulling herself
up each step with a pull at the handrail. And then she
double-checked each of the five door bolts
before calling out goodnight to the cat.

Sunday’s Whirl Wordle #75
This week’s 12 words are: bolts, ash, shook, trapped, corners, remain, damp, bundles, climbed, storm, bring, husk,

Author: Misky

‘Misky’ lives in the UK surrounded by flowers, freshly baked bread, and always keeps dog biscuits in her pocket for her blind Springer Spaniel. She never buys clothing without pockets. Her work is widely published.

25 thoughts on “Grandmother’s Five Bolts”

  1. I smiled at her bravado and not wanting to be beaten by the burglars, climbing the basement steps was so vivid. What a sad way to have to live for so many of us in reality though.
    Really enjoyed this. Loved the cat:)

  2. Wow, you serve up a perfect haunt of what happened and the hurt, and what she could do if it happens again. “And she double-checked each of the five door bolts before calling out goodnight to the cat.” Wonderful image. I love how you created this story and left out so much, much yet left to imagine. Well done.

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