Clearing Out the Clutter
I am happily putting away childish things.
Things like the jack-in-the-box
Which frightened me so many times,
But that I still kept winding up
To see if it came out the same.
I’m putting away the cat’s cradle string that I
Bound myself to so tightly, I could not let go.
Away goes the ball that I had when I so often said,
‘It’s mine and if you won’t play the
Way I want, I will take it and go home.’
Out go the toy traumas in boxes, some of
Which are in the original packing material.
The top that spun me around for years
Has been stopped.
I’m putting away happy toys too. A few of them
I’ve never wanted to share, and now they are
Too old to play with.
I’ve saved too many relics from my childhood.
There are fears and hurts and hopes and dreams
Which need to be put into their rightful spot.
It’s time to do so, maybe passed time.
It’s getting late.
Mom and Dad would be so pleased
That I am finally cleaning up the place.
Audio and Author Comment~
Is it time for spring cleaning? Is it time for spring? We, in Oregon, are not so patiently waiting for the springtime weather. It will come, and then summer weather. And then we will be whining about the heat. Such is the human nature.
But this poem is not about whining or waiting. It is about taking action. It is about cleaning up the junk in our psyche. Of course, the whole piece is a metaphor about memories, fears and other such childhood issues. Sometimes we hang on to those negative impressions far too long. True, we may have been hurt, even brutalized. I cannot minimize some trauma. But at some point, we, as adults, can choose our own direction- away from childhood negatives, big or small. Spring cleaning.
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