We are master collectors
of useless objects
do not miss
Sunday morning flea market
Preston Hollow New York
if we can help it
do not go for valuable anythings.
random and irrational
we seek objects with a certain feel,
or we just like them.
My first significant collection.
I found a box of them
Goodwill on 21st Street
walking to a college class.
I don’t remember the class
I do remember how happy I was
finding a cardboard box
with umbrella handles just the handles
up to you to imagine the umbrellas.
Peter likes lamps. Working or not.
Over the years he has bought hundreds.
Some look alive when
They are turned on
Others just sit there
He bought one today, beaded
headdress, elegant twisted base.
Annie found a fantastic
gargoyle to place outside on our round
Syrian tray. It’s elegant and heavy
and unexpected, with something like arms
That hold flowers and candles and maybe
a dish of dark chocolate.
I buy many earrings.
Not a careful discriminating earring shopper,
I don’t look for a perfect pair. .
I usually buy them from my favorite dealer he is from
Schenectady he has a gun and a
mental disorder he told me his condition
has a long name in another language
he is a wonderful guy as crazy about jewelry
as I am Please Take This he said to me about a Timex
watch wildly decorated red band no other watch like this
in the world he said. Put it on and tell your husband
to take you to dinner at Anthony’s on the River.
Save your pennies for lasagna.