4.13.2011

The Things



The Things
by Donald Hall

When I walk in my house I see pictures,
bought long ago, framed and hanging
de Kooning, Arp, Laurencin, Henry Moore
that I've cherished and stared at for years,
yet my eyes keep returning to the masters
of the trivial—a white stone perfectly round,
tiny lead models of baseball players, a cowbell,
a broken great-grandmother's rocker,
a dead dog's toy—valueless, unforgettable
detritus that my children will throw away
as I did my mother's souvenirs of trips
with my dead father, Kodaks of kittens,
and bundles of cards from her mother Kate.

1 comment:

  1. Oh how I can relate to this poem. So sentimental, I have a hard time throwing things away that harbor memories.

    The mugs on the wall in your picture remind me so much of Park days. Another sentimental journey, but with no strings attached.

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