Second Chance

This holiday week Jeanette would like to take center stage for the last week of 2011.

Second Chance
By Jeanette Cheezum

You walk in quietly and unassuming,
two packages are nearby. It’s obvious
they’re free for the taking. After strolling
past them you have the desire to open one,
hold it close, sniff the aroma, taste the treasure.

You stop by the first one . . . a pristine beauty.
Shiny and smooth, delicate like silk.
You reach down, hands trembling when you touch,
the anticipation of what next . . . mounting.
You pull the ribbon and let the cover drop
where it may. Behold the vessel that awaits you.
Hold it near, then plunge inside, horror quakes you;
leaves you empty and sad. Disappointment strangles you.
Beauty, deception and emptiness were all you found.

You walk away humble and expressionless, knowing
your choice was wasteful. You think for hours and
once again return . . . hoping to rectify the mistake.

The second package sits alone. Tattered and bruised,
pale and dull, almost lifeless. Should you try again and
quiet your curiosity? You lift the container, one corner
torn away. Feel how fragile–maybe broken, but this one
will be there for you, whatever the results. You gently
lay the ribbon aside, and peel off the brittle layer;
ever so careful not to destroy it further.

The inner beauty softens you, clutches at your heart,
radiates throughout your psyche and won’t let you go.
Smiles lend to warmth and now translucent contents
make you whole. This is the girl for you forever more.

Jeanette Cheezum


About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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6 Responses to Second Chance

  1. Nicely written. Jeanette.

  2. Joe says:

    Yes, I agree, a beauty. Well done!

  3. Madam Z says:

    Two homilies come to mind. “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” and “beauty is only skin deep.”
    Your very creative story expresses this in a unique way. I enjoyed it.

  4. Good thing, “Second Chances”

    Nicely done Jay C!

    Happiest of New Years to you!

  5. Beautifully written from beginning to end – not a wasted word. You pack such style and grace into your writing, and I am always amazed at the poetry that flows through your work.

    Well done.

  6. @Kathleen. Nice of you to drop by. I hope to see you here soon.
    @Joe. Thanks for being there.
    @”Z”. You nailed. Thanks!
    @Har. Happiest of New Years to you. Yes if your given a second chance it can change your whole life.
    @Kevin. Thanks for the atta-girl.

    You guys are good for my moral.

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