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Shopaholic's Lament

Written on June 12, 1995
Updated on April 19, 2012

Gail's Note: Written in the voice of a shopaholic 
(the hoarder's first cousin)  
Not really me, although I do have some items 
that could probably fit into this category.

Useless Products, the Vendor cries
Useless Products, for one and all!
Useless Products, the Vendor sighs
Buy useless products that will line your walls.

Well, I really like my useless products.
Society has taught me to stand quite tall
As I'm dialing every 800 number
To buy the products that line my walls.

Well, I really hate my useless products.
Society has taught me to dread each one.
If I could just stop buying useless products
I'd be able to look through the windows on my walls.

And so the products pile higher and higher
Until my soul is buried alive
And the reasons for buying don't seem to matter
Until my family hears only my cries.

Copyright © Gail DeBole

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  1. Date: 6/14/2012 7:14:00 PM
    This is a good reflection of the LOVE-HATE connection a hoarder can have with her STUFF. Can't live with it - can't part with it. Never wants to see it again. Terrified of letting it go. What if someone NEEDS it? What if it's the last one? But it's still good! Isn't it a crime to throw it away! Just bring me the bull-dozer!

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 7:08:00 PM
    this is REALLY good. I enjoyed the way you depicted the shopaholic. This is not me, but I am more closely related to the hoarder. I passed my shopaholic phase in my 30's and now am hoarding all the stuff I ever bought since I am too broke to buy new stuff anymore. hahaha. Truly, I enjoy "collecting" and have still got my 700+ records from the 60's and 70's!

  1. Date: 4/21/2012 6:09:00 AM
    lol..... Have a lovely weekend Gail ! - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 4/19/2012 8:14:00 PM
    You must have visited my house. Piles of junk, or useless products, in every room. Great poem.

  1. Date: 4/19/2012 6:58:00 PM
    Smiles ! You're not alone dear poet ! Great write Gail ! Have a wonderful shopping week ! LOL Much love, james