The Antique Shop


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    The Antique Shop

    The Antique Shop

    The small antique shop beckons to me as if calling my name.
    I hurry to enter with great anticipation.
    The chime above the door provides an eerie greeting.
    The store is aglow with articles of times past.
    I pass from aisle to aisle my eyes darting from relic to relic.
    I see high top shoes with white laces.
    I see brushes and combs with pearl handles.
    I see pictures, in boxes, of families in fine clothes.
    I see a doll in the corner eyes staring blankly ahead.
    I see worn dresses on racks with lace collars and bows.

    My journey through time continues as I move on in haste.
    I see a stringless violin in a black scuffed up case.
    I see silverware with fine bone handles.
    I see pocket watches with long golden chains.
    I see hundreds of tiny bottles that once held fine fragrances.
    I see scratched phonograph records strewn hither and yon.
    I see fine tools of the trade in hand crafted cases.
    I see rows of fine china all hand painted with care.
    I see a faded picture of a child with long golden hair.

    Suddenly I pause as my mind starts to reflect.
    Everything before me shelters a story of long ago.
    They are not useless items that I view but the relics of lives past.
    Each article once the personal possession of a living breathing soul.
    With a new respect for the articles before me I move on.
    Ghostly images of faces now accompany each piece that I see.
    If I purchase just one it must be displayed with the utmost dignity.
    For its original owner will have bestowed its care to me.
    I leave the shop with my new treasure all neatly wrapped.
    The chime above the door signals my departure.
    The stale aroma of the shop is replaced by the cool evening air.
    Life, as fragile as the tiny piece of crystal that I carry, goes on.

    Copyright 2007 Charlie Gragg

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    SavVySam commented on The Antique Shop


    This is a well guided tour through the delicately woven passage of time! A gem revealed in this write...Wonderful work!



    Thank you very much.

    BadBadBear commented on The Antique Shop


    Now surely everyone has heard of a bull in a china shop. Here's a bear in an antique shop, and what a quaint antique shop it is. For those who have never been inside one of these treasure shops, your master pen takes them there in living color. Great!



    Many thanks Mr. Bear

    LenaMP commented on The Antique Shop


    Nicely written. After spending many an hour in antique stores myself you have captured the essence and excitement of looking and finding that one special treasure. I love the old daguerrotypes that have photos of times and people past. Thanks for the memories!

    gogant commented on The Antique Shop


    Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to hold an old relic in one's hand and walk with the one who first treasured it when it was help in a way with this poem, Hammpy.............g



    Thank you. That's a very nice thing to say.

    blackfootlady commented on The Antique Shop


    Now I wish I could write like that!!That is such a neat write,I ty.



    Thank you for your comments, I truly appreciate it.

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    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
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    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
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    Lucky 10
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    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
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    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
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