Things We Keep


As we are relocating,
I hear my spouse utter,
we must very soon
get rid of the clutter.
She speaks her mind
and is quite empathic:
we have too much stuff
in the garage and the attic.
Why do we keep things
that have no more use?
They represent memories,
is the usual excuse.
I am sentimental,
some say too soft,
about all the rubbish
stored  in my loft.
One would be amazed
at what’s in a crate:
an old pen, an almanac
and a roller skate;
a newspaper cutting
about Jimmy, my son,
for a sporting achievement
he was said to have done;
(why he won the trophy
there is no mention
although at the time
drew a lot of attention);
there’s also a photo
of an old flame,
I remember her face
but I’ve forgotten her name.
I’ve finally acceded
to my wife’s desire
that the assembled jumble
should go on a bonfire.
© Luigi Pagano 2017


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I have lots of bits and bobs saved when I see them. touch them again I remember who I was and I can return if only for a short time to more comforting and ‘safe’ times. I could never cast them out as you so bravely did.
I enjoyed reading your words and the memories they pulled forward.
Great rhyming too. Sue.


I can second all you say, we’re all guilty of the same

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