I lose my glasses, cuss and mutter,
but my worst quality is clutter!
I have a drawer just filled with socks
I never wear.  And pans and woks,
old dishes, fondue pots  and skewers,
a fourteen-year-old bottle of Dewars
not one friend drinks, much less myself,
sitting there upon my shelf.
Everything I buy just clings.
I  can’t seem to part with things!

In boxes on my garage shelves
are all my former castoff selves.
The slides from art shows long ago?
I dread sorting them and so
they remain in plastic crates,
labeled with their types and dates.
Old letters, class notes, tax returns?
I’ve heard that paper easily burns
as well as shreds, yet still I wait.
Years pass as I equivocate.
They might be needed someday so,
get rid of them? I just say no!

My studio is filled with things.
My jewelry drawers with bracelets, rings.
My closets stuffed with different sizes,
shelves stacked with future gifts and prizes.
Snow boots although it never snows
anywhere this woman goes.
A safari hat with veil
hangs upon a closet nail
along with wet suit, snorkel, fins,
and other useless hoarding sins.

My kitchen is a spice museum.
So many spices, I can’t see um.
Fenugreek and capsicum
that I was given by my mum
so long ago they have no taste,
green olives and tomato paste
well past the date they should be used.
Yes, my house should be perused
and sorted out, I must admit,
instead, I sit and write of it!
I know some folks clear out their closets,
but me? I only make deposits!

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The Prompt:  Flawed––What is your worst quality?

21 thoughts on “Stuffed

    1. lifelessons Post author

      I promise I didn’t fuss before taking the picture. But, I did reorganize that closet a few weeks ago. Generally my things are in pretty good order and tucked away. I just can’t stand to throw things away. No, I don’t hoard plastic bags or newspapers, but papers of other sorts…old phone bills, tax records going back to 1965? Yes. Ashamed, but yes. I am superstitious about needing them the minute I throw them away.

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      1. c2avilez

        Interesting point. Maybe we see our defects more clearly than our positive traits. Maybe we look for validation or like flawed people for being more human and approachable. I’m a little put off by super organized people, even though I’m married to one. 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      There is order and then chaos when I’m working on something. I dare not take a picture of my desk today but two days ago it was in perfect order. Well–a week ago. Because I had company, I must admit.


  1. phoartetry

    So much like myself, especially with my art supplies. I have about 30 erasers, too many pencils and pens to count and the paints in jars some dried up, and yet they sit for no other reason, than my procrastination.

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