Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "What Makes a Hoard"

This poem is from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] callibr8. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"What Makes a Hoard"


What makes a hoard
instead of a pile of clutter
is the extent to which
it is known and used:

the rich man hoards cars
in a basement that he never drives

the poor woman saves blankets
to share with friends in need.

What makes a home
instead of a heap of
stuff with a cover on it
is the extent to which
it is loved and lived:

the rich man has a dozen houses
but not a single home

the poor woman has no house
but has made a hidden home.

In the course of a life,
treasures are built up and
passed along, sometimes
more and other times less,
depending on need.

Toward the end
there comes a time
to declutter, to distribute
what has been gathered.

The empty nesters
move out of a big house
to a comfy cottage or
even an apartment.

Against the coming night,
they hoard only memories.

* * *

Notes:

Hoarding is often used as a way to discriminate against poor people. The rich are rarely criticized for hoarding, even though their version of it does massively more damage on a much wider scale.

Decluttering is a way of simplifying your life, if your stuff is more trouble than it's worth to you. However, it's not a cure for everything. Read about how to declutter your home.

Downsizing to a smaller home is something that people do for various reasons, often when their household size shrinks and they retire. Here are some ideas on how to downsize your home.
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