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Clearing Out the Clutter by Susan Patterson

Sunday, October 5th 2014 @ 8:33 PM

Clearing Out the Clutter - Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

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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 past time. 

It’s getting late.

Mom and Dad would be so pleased

That I am finally cleaning up the place. 

 

Earlene Grey
11-2011

 


Susan Patterson, circa 1953



Discussion:
 Clearing Out the Clutter, of course, is a poem about an adult realizing that it is time to release childhood thoughts, beliefs and behaviors.  Some of us tend to hang on to these thinking patterns way too long.  Part of becoming an grown up is simply a matter of not allowing childhood understandings to determine adult behaviors.  The metaphor of the toys is just another way of listing what may be frightening or what we may needlessly rely upon.  The person in the poem could be any of us releasing any number of childish beliefs and behaviors.  But, it was actually me letting go of something that frightened me since my childhood.   Happy tea times to you!  skp 

 

Susan Patterson, 2014, World Tea Expo Gala, Long Beach, CA


~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSON is a serious tea drinker, writer and publisher, who on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey.  She is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa - The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart - Considered Sentiments for Teatime, and one book of memoirs, Tom and Irma - Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her fourth book, Unnoticed Moments, a book of contemporary poetry will be out shortly.  Ms. Patterson also publishes a weekly blog, The Causerie.  For more information about Susan Patterson writings, please visit her website, www.EarleneGrey.com

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