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Poetry Friday: Collectors by Marion Strobel

June 23rd, 2017 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Stuck in a Glass Elevator by The Myriad

The barnacle of crowds-
Like a tuck
On a finished skirt, unnoticed-
He collected his material
Covertly:
A ragpicker,
A scavenger of words.

And the gleanings
Of his hearing
He would costume
In his own words,
And parade before
A listener.

So that now,
Across the tea-cup,
He was telling
Of his research,
Of his study,
Of his deep thought-out
Conclusions.

And the lady,
Connoisseur of old thoughts
Bound in new gilt bindings,
Smiled approval
At the finding
Of another curio
To place
In her long gallery.

- Collectors by Marion Strobel

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Comments

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: June 24th, 2017 11:16 am (UTC)

Here's to the "word scavengers" and the "connoisseurs of old thoughts"!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 25th, 2017 03:26 am (UTC)

I love the language in this!

Posted by: Kay McGriff (kaymcgriff)
Posted at: June 24th, 2017 01:13 pm (UTC)
scavengers

I love the image of word scavengers!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 25th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: scavengers

Me too.

Posted by: Heidi Mordhorst (Heidi Mordhorst)
Posted at: June 26th, 2017 06:19 am (UTC)

I too love the language, but there's something sinister, or maybe less intentional but equally disturbing, about the word-scavenger:
"And the gleanings
Of his hearing
He would costume
In his own words,
And parade before
A listener."

Sounds like someone we see on TV, no? Thanks for posting, LW.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 26th, 2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
books

Hi Heidi!

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