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Gary's Yard Sale, the story

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Gary's Yard Sale, the story

Gary's Yard Sale, the story
                                                  Authored by Chuck Keys

Among the rustbelt cities of yesterday,
Along the edges of the Detroit River,
A short distance to the side,
Resides a slice of Victorian times,
Excesses exceeded needed, 
Where age confronts time,
The day before meets the day of,
And greets tomorrow.

Those in the hood
And outside,
Meet and greet among 
The scraps of forgotten memories.
Lawns filled with bygones of size,
Tables filled with important somethings,
Maybe everythings,
For important that evolved into history.

Where memories become linked,
Each to a stored thought,
Treasured, pleasured or disdained,
To a person,
Of late or present,
To a future of who knows what.

During the day,
The history-of and the future-of talk,
To each,
Of where they were,
And where they hope to be,
The dust is blown off with the wind,
From the east, west, north and south.

The yard sale, the graveyard of the past,
The arena of the present,
Life and death of the sale,
Dance together, coupled,
Where Mine, becomes Yours' while
Gary the Conductor, orchestrates to perfection,
The operatic enjoyment of history,
Buyer meets seller, exchanges
Are made.  As is today.
Bravo! Bravo!

*This poem is dedicated to Gary and Ann Harris of Northville MI USA – May they and 
their Yard Sales age forever!

© Charles H Keys, 2010.  All Rights Reserved.  V1.4.09252010

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  1. Date: 3/29/2011 3:16:00 AM
    I love yard sales. They are as you say in this incredible piece of writing - a magical journey of past and present. Many congrats on this great feature of the week. Elaine

  1. Date: 3/28/2011 6:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Chuck. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 6:38:00 PM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, Chuck

  1. Date: 3/27/2011 4:49:00 PM
    Congrats Chuck on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a great one to share with us all my friend with luv..

  1. Date: 3/7/2011 10:50:00 AM
    good to see your write in a success here Chuck.

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 7:29:00 AM
    So creative Chuck... The flow is perfect; and the imagery outstanding! Congrats on your feature...Lay

  1. Date: 12/14/2010 3:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week on PoetrySoup Chuck. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 5:05:00 PM
    Congrats Chuck on your featured poem this week on the Soup... a wonderful one to share with us all with luv...

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 7:35:00 PM
    Nice dedication! Chuck, yup, it will be sad..lol.. so i better not write a poem,,lol,, By the way, never heard of the expression ' yard sale forever', your story is awesome. Have a nice one,..p.d.

  1. Date: 9/27/2010 3:49:00 PM
    Enjoyed this one very much..Sara

  1. Date: 9/27/2010 8:26:00 AM
    A pleasure to read your creative poetry today Chuck. I am hoping you have a wonderful week filled with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 9:36:00 PM
    great read!...best lines "where age confronts time"...and "the yard sale,the graveyard of the past"...very well observed!...TT.

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 5:49:00 PM
    good one!! enjoyed reading today!

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 2:17:00 PM
    My neighbor's having a yard sale today, Chuck. Folks from all over the neighborhood are enjoying looking at his "collection," worthless items though most be. It sounds like people really enjoyed watching Gary the Conductor orchestrate his sale! Enjoyed your poem, my friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 1:57:00 PM
    This sounds like much more than a yard sale, Chuck. It's an opportunity for people to get together. No wonder the community enjoys it. I really like the way you write! Diane

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 9:09:00 AM
    *eo

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 9:08:00 AM
    What a fantastic write Sir ! I grabbed a handful of pictures with this poem Charles ! Oh, I was thinking the same thing about the word "Fetish"...so many souls sterio type this word, that's why I wrote this poem, lol Good catch Sir ! james

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 9:04:00 AM
    You just brought the yard sale to live Chuck, the imagery is quite unique felt like I was one of the buyers.. Hope your weekend is a great one ;) Wilma

  1. Date: 9/26/2010 7:10:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your poem and your take on yard sales-- that last stanza of your captured it quite well, and treasures are indeed found there-- have a great day, Chuck :)-- nikko :)