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The Hardware Store

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The Hardware Store

The hardware store's a dying breed
As big box stores invade.
They used to have just what you'd need,
Each item U.S. made.

But now they face a growing threat
'Cause though they're down the block,
Most people hit their cars to get
A wider choice of stock.

You need a hammer and some nails,
A spatula or strainer,
Home Depot's got it - never fails;
To most, it's a no-brainer.

The old and dusty hardware store,
Which passed from dad to son,
Might rate a look-around before
The day there will be none.

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  1. Date: 9/1/2013 2:10:00 PM
    I had to have a certain thing to help get the job done. But when I asked someone to help, I found that there was none. When Dad handed down all the keys to unlock the parts store. They came with understanding that you knew what they were for. :)

  1. Date: 8/30/2013 11:58:00 AM
    Yes...too sad.....but great poem....

  1. Date: 8/30/2013 11:27:00 AM
    I Love the humorous biting truth in your poems. I love the rhyme and meter. Your poems are always so refreshing. Keep up the good work. What an awesome poet you are.

  1. Date: 8/30/2013 10:10:00 AM
    yes, such sad truth here, Ilene - beautifully expressed, as always

  1. Date: 8/30/2013 10:04:00 AM
    yes, all the old time stores are almost gone now, Ilene. You can write on anything and do it with tenderness or humor!