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Rescued From the Rummage Sale
Carolyn Chilton Casas


One turquoise Czech bead,
pink flower painted on crystal;
field guides to American birds and trees;
sunglasses decorated with
dots and roses
around thin black rims;
a handmade hummingbird
feeder for my mother;
a patinaed brass conch shell;
silver earrings featuring green
aventurine gems;
an oil painting of a Druid rock circle
in a forest clearing;
five clay plant saucers for the patio;
an apricot-hued silk scarf;
note cards in bright designs;
and a much-hunted-for tall vase
for long-stemmed bouquets.
Resisting special treasures
is not one of my strong points.
But, finding them is.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the author’s permission.


Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


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Lori Levy:
Love the color in all these objects.
Posted 03/08/2023 12:58 PM
Interesting how we rescue THINGS, giving them longer life, and how they add beauty to our lives. I can feel the energy at this rummage sale and its getting me interested to brake for the next garage sale. Fun!
Posted 03/08/2023 11:35 AM
Wilda Morris:
It might be fun for Carolyn to rewrite this list later as part of a down-sizing poem. LOL
Posted 03/08/2023 11:20 AM
Carolyns poems are always fun.
Posted 03/08/2023 10:02 AM
I love lists.
Posted 03/08/2023 09:26 AM
Wonderful treasures, all!
Posted 03/08/2023 09:25 AM
Leslie Hodge:
Now I want to seek out rummage sles! Wonderful list poem.
Posted 03/08/2023 09:22 AM
Larry Schug:
My 94 year old aunt says "it's all just stuff". Yet, as in this poem, we see that even stuff might have a soul capable of moving us to see more deeply.
Posted 03/08/2023 07:35 AM
Lovely. Made me easily envision the colors of a summer morning at the local flea marketa most welcome vision on this grey winter morning in Vermont.
Posted 03/08/2023 07:29 AM
So vivid, so authentic I just loved this one.
Posted 03/08/2023 07:06 AM

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