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Antique Store

I took my periodic stroll through the local antique store today.
I stumbled over things and stepped 'round clutter to make my way!
I looked for clocks - found none, but saw many things I could do without,
And those are the things that I propose to tell you all about!

There was an old buggy wheel - I could see no use for that!
I saw horse collars, washboards and someone's stuffed Angora cat.
Hanging on the wall was an austere Victorian guy glaring back at me.
Prominently displayed was a chamber pot and scraggly Christmas tree!

What use have I for a manure fork or hubcaps for a '47 Dodge,
Or a shaggy buffalo robe or shriveled scalps from an Indian lodge!
Displayed were empty cigar boxes and empty Prince Albert cans,
A portrait of Napoleon and hood ornament for a '27 Mercedes Benz!

I saw a set of 1920 Brittanica Encyclopedias and a Corona typewriter,
Well-worn snowshoes, a tuning fork and strangely, a bishop's mitre!
Hanging on a clothes rack was an old soldier's moth-eaten uniform.
What on earth would I do with a hornet's nest once hosting an angry swarm!

Leaning against a wall was a hood and bumper for a '37 Ford Tudor.
On a shelf was a gas mask and tin helmet from the First World War!
Though I found many things I could do without, not so with my spouse!
She bought a cart full of gimcracks and trumpery to clutter up the house!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 7/20/2012 9:48:00 PM
    cute,,, I watch "American Pickers" all the time,,, today they found bought a driver door , blue from Ralph Earnhardt,,, the grandfather to dale Jr,,, was blue #23,, he bought it for $700.oo ,,, have a great day Bob ;}

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 1:43:00 PM
    I was trailing right behind you and your wife and you didn't even notice me. I think my cart was as full as your wife's. My grandpa was an antique man. I don't me he was terribly old. I have to watch my terminology. He loved antiques and auctions. I'm quite a collector of things also. Fabulous poem.

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 10:07:00 AM
    Bob -- gimcracks - great word. This was so much fun to read. Just think a man in the future may be pouring through sneakers with lights, x-box games, i-pods, mobile phones. Generations to come may say, what the heck? lvoe, Kathy

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 6:02:00 AM
    if i didnt favor you in the past u can consider yourself favorited now lol

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 6:01:00 AM
    lololol its always a pleasure coming here i havent been here in awhile but its nice always pleasure when i come in here

  1. Date: 6/16/2012 7:07:00 PM
    I love this poem... it's so clever and so good with rhymes! Oh, and by the way I want you to know that this poem is incredible... you should really think about getting it published. I know a great website that publishes poetry in a book and you get paid. (It's a contest.) You could easily win; this poem is dynamite! Visit and you'll find it under the tab: "Monthly Contest." You really should enter it... it is a truly outstanding poem.

  1. Date: 6/16/2012 1:09:00 PM
    Or a antique doll for your wife? - I enjoy your "smile" poems, like candy on a Saturday evening. Have a lovely weekend bob. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 6/16/2012 12:12:00 PM
    LOL, loved this witty write, Bob. Congrats on all your wins : ) So glad to hear Vera is doing well

  1. Date: 6/16/2012 10:57:00 AM
    Hi Robert; this is a good one. You are right, an Antique store is full of stuff that we don't need, but we still buy something to bring home. Now I'm trying to get rid of some. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 6/16/2012 10:29:00 AM
    Sir, it is brings me such joy to read your words this spirits had grown have brought wisdom and shown me much lite this day. I thank you, Sir! Again, I salute. Many blessing...may we all find peace