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 dreaded 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 must say no!
With finite space in drawer and bin,
I buy new things and stuff them in.

I should destroy, but can’t commit,
those mismatched pan lids that don’t fit,
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!


Prompt words today were security, finite, someday and commit. I admit, I took a poem from four years ago and added lines to include some of the new prompt words.  Still can’t throw anything away but at least I’m repurposing!

24 thoughts on “Stuffed

  1. Martha Kennedy

    I’m kind of the opposite, still, stuff clings. Right now, having cleaned out the “art” room and seen the “wealth” in there the only solution I see is big paintings because godnose I’m not giving away oil paints or brushes.


  2. amoralegria

    Wonderful poem, Judy, which fulfills a whopping four challenges! I am going to copy and print your poem because I can definitely relate, especially now that we must get rid of stuff because soon we will be moving into a smaller house!


  3. slmret

    I have done some weeding as I prepared for a move that I’m now not going to make. However, I have resolved that my spring cleaning project will go on until I’ve done the downsizing I was aiming for. As pieces of my reorganization are being completed, others begin, but I’m already feeling that I’ve made some progress!


      1. slmret

        I’m glad I was an inspiration — I’m now in the middle of the project, with piles of paper all over my “office!” I feel like a hoarder, although pretty soon I hope to see most of it disappear!


      2. slmret

        I’m in the midst of it all right now, with stuff pulled out and an “office” that looks like I’m a “hoarder!” Things are coming together, though, and I hope that soon the mess will all be gone!


  4. indianeskitchen

    I think the only thing I organized last year was my spice cabinet. lol I always mark the month and year on the top of my spices as well as the spice name like you do. Then, after a year, I pitch them all and buy new. This keeps them fresh and organized. Nice post!

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  5. macalder02

    In addition to a poem, it is an ode to the cleanliness of the home. A very peculiar style of putting together a poetry in those terms. I liked it very much and it made me smile. Good for you.



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