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What to Sacrifice First

What to sacrifice first?
A lawn ornament I never liked.
It looks fantastic in the neighbor's kitchen.

Secondly, I threw out a drum I have not played in forty years.
The neighbors called to let me hear their son beating on it.
He was having the best time ever; too bad it was three a.m.

The joy though! I told them, not convincing them.
They did not call back. Maybe pouting a little?
Sixteen bags of clothing went.
A guy snapped up six of them to take to his mother who quilts.

Five bags went to a family who was going to make a tent.
They came back two days later for the other five bags, but alas....
They had gone home with a hat maker, who had been delighted.
He had a multi-handicapped son, and material is expensive!

I threw out so much faux Tupperware, it was crazy.
The kids down the block built an igloo out of them. 
It got taller every day. Pretty soon it was a bunch of igloos.
When they began building a wall I started dropping my plastic off.

They were delighted, sending me a thank you note.
So they got more of my cast off stuff, and they incorporated 
Every bit of it into their little plastic town.
I enjoy seeing my neighbors enjoy my hand offs.

Too bad I am dragging their stuff home now too.
We are doing a bit of a barter now.
Everyone trying to unload their stuff.
I scored a pan with only the smallest hole yesterday.

I plan to turn it into the prettiest little chrome planter.
It can sit next to my pink flamingo wearing a little red hat
I fashioned out of the hem of a Christmas tree skirt 
I brought back from my own pile yesterday.

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Date: 2/9/2019 1:13:00 AM
My mother used to say all the time: "One man's junk is another man's treasure." You have depicted her saying quite well. I have no saying, just one word, RECYCLE!
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M. L. Kiser
Date: 2/9/2019 3:08:00 PM
I got a really nice easel that way.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/9/2019 1:25:00 AM
We used to drive around early on garbage day, snagging things from the curb before the garbage men could grab them.
Date: 2/8/2019 3:06:00 PM
A wonderful depiction of the two steps forward, one step back thing that happens when we try to declutter! Ooh i’m going to throw so much stuff away, but ooh! Look at that! And think of the thing I could do with that! Never mind eh. First world problems! ;-)
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/8/2019 3:40:00 PM
I can take on hundred steps back, because other people begin unloading their stuff, and it is ever more wonderful! I have the house to prove this too.