gathering dusk
i leave the old toys
at the thrift shop

14 Responses

  1. Gaby Bedetti Says:

    I love, love, love the surprise that comes from the use of the word "dusk" rather than the more commonplace "dust."

  2. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you so much, Gaby.

  3. Bob Redmond Says:

    Evocative and open to lots of reflection and possible meanings from the reader. Nice work, thanks for sharing!

  4. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you, Bob!

  5. Sheila Sondik Says:

    Elicited a deep sigh from me. Very moving.

  6. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you so much, Sheila. I'm glad the poem moved you.

  7. Magyar Says:

    __ Ah… the old, that is today: bicyles then, in some places, were called a tin horse. _m

    attic cobwebs
    grip this shelf of aged toys
    a tin horse

  8. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Very interesting. There's something so sorrowful about old toys. Thank you for writing in.

  9. Marion Clarke Says:

    Oh! This is delightfully visual and very moving, Jennifer. I still have a pirate ship of my son that I can?t bear to part with (he?s almost 23 ?)


  10. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you so much, Marion. As I wrote in response to an earlier comment, there is something so sorrowful about old toys. Toys should be young and youthful – and they remain so, but we grow up and have to move on and leave them behind, these friends who, when we were children, were always with us and brought us such joy and companionship. The sorrow is that we must abandon them and in doing so, must acknowledge that some part of ourselves is no longer. Thank you for your comment.

  11. Hana Says:

    very deep and beautiful ku!

  12. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Thank you so much.

  13. ingridbaluchi Says:

    It's so often a wrench to part with old toys. It's like leaving childhood behind. I still have my old Ted, decades old, and would never part with him.

    my old Ted sits there
    button-eyes and love-kissed nose
    contemplating life

  14. Jennifer Hambrick Says:

    Yes, exactly, Ingrid. It's deeply sorrowful to have to abandon old toys. Thank you so much for your comment and poem.

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