Thursday, 28 May 2009

Waste Not Want Not?

Stuff

I think I am a magnet,
but not the usual kind
that gathers iron filings
whenever it has mind.

No, I collect detritus,
unwanted bits of 'stuff'
that other people throw away.
They say 'Enough's enough!'

But I embrace all this debris;
it may spark creative juice
and for other people's cast outs
I can often find a use.

You could pity my addiction,
unless you share it too,
and are always on the lookout
for something new to do

with multifarious rubbish;
a treasure trove in waiting.
It may end up recycled- but
what joy comes with the making!

21 comments:

  1. Well done. My kind of rhyme. I'm at the point in life where I try to get rid of all the stuff I collected over the years on a just-in-case basis.

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  2. Super, my kind of collector - the poem wasn't half bad, neither. Good post.

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  3. Found you through Janine at Sniffles & Smiles. LOVED the poem! Just wish we lived closer so I could share all my junk with you and have you make something good of it! (Course, that MIGHT mean nearly everything in my house!)

    All the best!

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  4. Nice poem, but I don't like to collect other peoples stuff, have enough of my own. That's one reason I don't go to garage sells.

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  5. I had to say "debris" like the Brits to make this work. lol

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  6. A woman after my own heart Jinksy. I never throw away a sweet paper, just smooth it out and put it in a tin - it might come in useful in my embroidery at some time in the future. I do not have a tin full of bits of string too small to be of any use - but am on the way there.

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  7. Hey, we can get into this one.

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  8. hello, I came over from Rhymeswithplague. I love your poetry. I don't really like other people's old stuff - but I sure like MY old stuff! I'd rather keep the old than get new most of the time.

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  9. And what fabulous things you create from other peoples' rubbish!!!!!! Love this one in particular!!!! ~Janine XO

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  10. Hi Jinksy! Thanks for stopping by! I'm signing up to follow you because I don't want to miss your wit!

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  11. Do you know the rest of the rhyme.. waste not want not, may I never see the day, how I wish I had the bread, that once I threw away.

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  12. Maybe comes of us being war babies.... waste not want not.
    Love Granny

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  13. Hi Jinsky
    Great post - loved it ~ Eddie

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  14. oops the memory is not so good..........the second line should read 'may I never live to say'.

    My Grandfather would quote this to me often.

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  15. Pictures? Do share some of your collection...I have grown fond of collections of "junk" myself. They tell such a diverse story.

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  16. Ha ha, you're one step further than me if you've actually learnt to recycle your detritus, mine just remains "stuff", in the way.

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  17. I'm afflicted. Feel sorry for me? With the collecting, not the making. I'm thinking this year I have found my cure. I've no more space!

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  18. I envy you. My cousin is like that and she has a room filled with her collections. I love seeing them. I do not collect. I do monthly cleanings where I toss out stuff. Of course I need it the day after I toss it out but then I can go out and get another.

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  19. Whatever gets your juices flowing ;-)

    Hugs xx
    Carolina

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  20. damn girl, you and i both!

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  21. Oh we're both suckers for old stuff. There's an old piece of farm machinery in next door's field and I covet it! I love old things and will give them new life if I can. We haven't decided what to do with the pile of old boots and shoes we dug up here yet! Great poem, me to a 'T'.

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