Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Grandmother's Treasures

Of Loving Little Objects

We who love little objects, rendered dear
By long association, have this much
That we can keep with us through the severe
Sharp hurt of leaving our own place. The touch
Of a little Dutch girl pitcher that has held
Tulips of many springs and the smile upon
A tiny china gentleman's face, that quelled
Quick tears, remain when larger things are gone,
If we must leave the sunny generous rooms,
The window with its wide familiar view,
And the garden's sweet processional of blooms
And go where all is cramped and strangely new,
No change, at least, is great enough to sweep
Away small treasures-small enough to keep.

-Jane Merchant

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