Saturday, December 31, 2011

Junk Collecting...

The following Shel Silverstein poem, “Hector the Collector,” is in honor of the de-cluttering process I’ve begun on the home front.

Whenever I take down the Christmas decorations I get an urge to clean up the house everywhere. This poem reminds me that most of the stuff we hang onto are not treasures but generally just junk. The poem gives me motivation to stay with the purging project!

Hector the Collector
Collected bits of string,
Collected dolls with broken heads
And rusty bells that would not ring.
Pieces our of picture puzzles,
Bent-up nails and ice-cream sticks,
Twists of wires, worn-out tires,
Paper bags and broken bricks.
Old chipped vases, half shoelaces,
Gatlin’ guns that wouldn’t shoot,
Leaky boats that wouldn’t float
And stopped-up horns that wouldn’t toot.
Butter knives that had no handles,
Copper keys that fit no locks,
Rings that were too small for fingers,
Dried-up leaves and patched-up socks.
Worn-out belts that had no buckles,
‘Lectric trains that had no tracks,
Airplane models, broken bottles,
Three legged chairs and cups with cracks.
Hector the Collector
Loved these things with all his soul,
Loved them more than shining diamonds,
Loved than more than glistening’ gold.
Hector called to all the people,
“Come and share my treasure trunk!”
And all the silly sightless people
Came and looked ...and called it junk.