Clutter Clearinghouse

Home Shopping Network–QVC
Bazaars, yard sales, closeout sales
One-of-a-kind Items, as-seen-on-TV
Tactile, pleasant-textured items
Gently stroked, then taken home
Stored away in attics and garages
Remedies to drive away aches, pains
General malaise of everyday life struggles
Wasn’t as much about winning
As, not wanting to lose

Old King Coal

Mountains shoveled
Smelled of sulfur
Soot, stained insides
Outsides of everything
Who still knew
How to bank a fire
So it lasted till morning?
Mine tailings, shafts
Abandoned, concrete filled
Subsidence from
Collapsed timbers
Scars, both seen and unseen
What was left
From when coal was king?
No coal, no industrial revolution
Answered, Old King Coal

Inside a Sardine Can

Abandoned things they learned
Listened from the shadows
Like hermit crabs
Drunk on screw-cap wine
Mixed up nights and days
Worked at the almost competitive
Computer and electronics store
More efficiency achieved
When bosses were gone
Discussed the amount of fun
Homeowners could have
Like lawn trimmer tea
Brewed from grass clippings

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat

These oars look a lot like yours
These oars aren’t yours
These are our oars
These oars fell from shelf to floor
They’re our family’s only oars
I’ve looked for these oars for hours
After these, there are no more oars
Not to start a row over rowboat oars
Which ones are mine, which are yours
You row your boat, I’ll row ours