Linda Studley

Can't Put the Pen Down…

Archive for the tag “possessions”


Paring down is easy
at first.
Ditching the stuff you never use.
A shrug and a toss
into the give-away box,
the recycle bin,
the trash bag.
But then you come down to it,
the stuff that has a hook in your soul.
Stuff you keep because
someone gave it to you (the lamp),
it reminds you of a good time (the ticket stub),
you really are going to learn
(insert sport, craft, or language here) one day.
Perhaps the first step is to decide
what is important in your life,
what brings joy,
and just pare away everything that doesn’t.
Like the excess clay from a sculpture of yourself.
Yourself the way you were before the hooks
turned your soul into a pincushion.


Rummage Ruminations

What is the strange fascination and awe
over gadgets and gizmos, and goofy gewgaws?
The compulsion for whiz-bangs and whatchamacallits
for knick-knacks and trinkets, trifles and baubles

What is this longing for thingamadoodles,
the whole mishmash and kit and kaboodle
of whatsits and whatnots. I think it quite odd
that we drool over doohickys and thingamabobs

All these widgets and paraphernalia are just
more thingamajigs that I’ll have to dust.
Keep your thingummies, gimcracks, the whole darn shebang
this possession obsession can just go and hang.

Don’t gift me with hotchpotch concoctions or gear
I’ve declared twenty sixteen a doodad free year.

note: oh, well, maybe just a FEW doodads… sigh…

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