Flea Market

we always stop when we see the sign
you go one way, I another
I look at tools, books, signs
old fishing stuff pitted with rust

depression or not and kitchen gadgets draw your eye
horse collars made into a mirror
record albums
ash tray collections started and stopped
rows of salt & pepper
boxes of postcards
tin types and photographs
we sift through somebody else’s life
misplaced memories
of unnamed strangers
we are reminded
of what we threw away
or mother threw away
or lost

looking for a bargain
too good to pass up
a connection
we leave with nothing
sorting out
our own memories
putting them on shelves
in little boxes
marked firm
ready to sell
when the time comes

13 Responses to Flea Market

  1. johemmant says:

    Really like the central stanza, the listing is very musical.

  2. Alexa Cohen says:

    I like them all.

    It shows a real insight into our lives and everyone else’s lives, linking them to the objects we treasure and then give up.

  3. paisley says:

    we sift through somebody else’s life

    this sentence is key… if i could never purchase a “new” item again,, i would,, not in an effort to be green mind you,, but because those are the items to which i am drawn ,, and give me the most real pleasure…..

  4. lissa says:

    that second stanza is wonderful. really liked this one.

  5. Scot says:

    appreciated very much–good insight

  6. Scot says:

    I like the used myself

  7. Scot says:

    thanks for stopping in

  8. David Rheins says:

    like my father and his father before him, i grew up at flea markets, antique shows, and garage sales. To this day, i treasure found art that once was other people’s trash.

    fun poem.

  9. Scot says:

    love it to dave–furnished my life that way–you wouldn’t believe

  10. ybonesy says:

    I felt this poem captured something that seems to have happened for me and my husband as we now go to garage sales and antique stores and flea markets. When we used to go, we actually left with purchases. But now, these are places to go and be separate with our memories. Something has changed.

  11. Scot says:

    we have had the same experience

  12. I love this, it really reminds me of browsing through second hand shops and the things that i could buy but generally don’t.

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