Written by: ilene bauer

Catalogues are filled with things
That no one really needs,
But flipping through the pages
Well, we all know where that leads:

To buying some ephemera
For gifts or for ourselves;
Like we don’t have sufficient tchotchkes
Cluttering our shelves.

It may be jewelry or clothes
Or toys we find enticing;
And if there is a coupon code,
Then that becomes the icing.

The holidays approach and thus,
The mailbox overflows.
The need to purchase presents
Is conditioned, I suppose.

And so I sit and browse on through,
A giving-gifts supporter,
While wondering if I’m prepared
To call and place my order.

What really makes me happy, though,
And always yields a smile,
Is when I add a catalogue
On to the reject pile!