"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Magpie 25-The Collector


I am a collector of sorts
all sorts of odd stuff
from door knobs to rock quartz
and old locks and enough!


Memories guide my fixation
of texture and feel
and there is some frustration
of what will appeal


to my hand and my pocket
into which they will slip
I love it! Don't knock it!
It's a treasure trip


A habit of aquisition
this curious part of my life
it's a tangible condition
that causes no strife.

39 comments:

Brian Miller said...

and a fun hobby at that...smiles. happy treasure hunting! nice magpie!

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Jingle said...

lovely said!

profound magpie!

swputh said...

All the best,,, Good write:)

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signed...bkm said...

collecting is fun...especially old things...you feel them for memories that is the best part...bkm

annell said...

I know that addiction. Well said!

Martin H. said...

A little innocent treasure hunting. What a nice way to spend some time.

chiccoreal said...

Dear Kathew: This is a lovely poem of and by and for collecting by collectors! As I am now trying to downsize; I can still relate! The collecting "bug" seems to be a habit and I know why now re:

"Memories guide my fixation"

So that's it, I collect ot remember, when there comes a time I can't? Like I am squirreling away things for this purpose. This was indeed an eyeopener for me! Txs. Also love; "it's a tangible condition" yes, indeed, the old "earthly" shackles!

Thanks Kathew: "no strife"!

Systematic Weasel said...

We all have are own collections. It's a great hobby to have. Wonderful magpie~

-Weasel

JeffScape said...

Well, now I know where all my spare keys disappear off to. ;)

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed your words, loved this line especially:
'I love it! Don't knock it!
It's a treasure trip"

Marilyn said...

I enjoyed your words, loved this line especially:
'I love it! Don't knock it!
It's a treasure trip"

Arti said...

That lock looks very ancient...and you have a wonderful hobby..have a nice weekend!

Rinkly Rimes said...

We have a program called 'The Collectors' and it's amazing what some people hoard!
BB

Helen said...

As long as your little habit causes no strife ~ you are good to go! Nicely written!

RA said...

"Memories guide my fixation
of texture and feel"

Brilliant! :)

joanny said...

Another great snappy repartee, good writing, interesting poem.

Joanny

River-Rose said...

It's almost as though old items have a life of their own! Good stuff:)

willow said...

Oh, me, too! I like to call myself a magpie!

Felicitas said...

I so get this! I suffer from the same compulsion.

A lovely Magpie - an enjoyable read.

Sam Liu said...

Aren't we all collectors, magpies of beauty? :)

Wonderful magpie, a melodic and enticing read :)

Lyn said...

We all are collectors..love your acquisitions!

Catherine said...

Snappy for sure! Love it!

Paul C said...

Memories guide my fixation
of texture and feel... I really like this line. Something we can all identify with.

mel said...

oh I can SO relate to that!!

fabulous!!

susan m hinckley said...

I'm glad it causes you no strife . . . your closets, garage, and drawers must be cleaner than mine are, having been a collector for too many years. Fun magpie!

brenda w said...

Nice! I like this, and I like the post that brought me here, the one with all your photos. Excellent Magpie!

Tattered and Lost said...

Ah, so you're the one I see at estate sales going through those boxes in the garage of other peoples doorknobs and locks. Now I get it.

Great fun. Nicely written.

And how interesting for you that the word verification promp I see below is "magmiven."

Selma said...

I collect too. I have lots of rocks, doorknobs, old keys I find in the street. I often wonder at the stories behind the things I find. Some of them are very beautiful and have a kind of energy when you hold them. Your poem really spoke to me!

Jim Swindle said...

Your take on the prompt is totally different from what I would have thought of. It's good that people are different. I especially like the "memories" lines that others have quoted.

My own collections are too many (and to disorganized) to list. I come by it honestly, as they say. About 30 years ago, my grandmother still had the instruction book for the Model A Ford, as well as neatly washed and stacked piles of Kentucky Fried Chicken containers.

Tumblewords: said...

What fun!

Words A Day said...

Enjoyed this, a different take on the prompt than most! Loved the description of the tangible condition!

Zuzu said...

When I was a kid a loved to collect Kinder Egg Surprise toys, now I just love to collect as many books as I can afford... Loved the poem, I can relate to it! I enjoyed the last strophe, because that's where I find myself more. Great feeling!

ninotaziz said...

A unique take on the magpie...I enjoyed this!

Jennifer Morrison said...

This is charming and rich. Enjoyed the read.

RNSANE said...

Alas, at 65, I've stopped acquiring and I'm trying to figure how I am going to downsize and where I am going to put all these things from a lifetime of collecting. I need to move into smaller quarters and necessity is forcing me to keep on my most loved treasure....very difficult.

Wonderful magpie.

SW said...

love the imagery evoked in your poem

ds said...

Very clever--great magpie!