Strange Store

This is my interpretation of an antique store I went into yesterday when I was at Richmond with my family. I hope y’all like it! Have a great day! šŸ™‚

Strange Store

It’s a strange store
Step inside
Your entry is marked by a
Rusting bell
Adorned with
Silver and age and dust
It chimes sadly
The sound exhausted and
Weak
Broken artifacts
Strewn about
The Useless made
Valuable by
Time
Immortalized by
Age
The fortunate objects which
Are not forgotten
Just yet
Delicate dolls clothed in
Exquisite dresses of decaying lace
Their fragile glass eyes cracked or
Missing
Worn stuffed bears with an
Arm or leg torn away
By some child who
Lived and loved and played
Long ago
Seashells
Chipped and
Purposeless
Transformed into
Meager
Decorations
Held captive for their
Natural beauty
They yearn for their castles of sand Which sleep next to the
Ethereal
Ever changing
Ocean
Intricate music boxes which
Sing a twisted version
Of the melody they were crafted with
Careful
Skillful hands to
Play
Perfectly in
Tune
Remnants of their masters
Who left them
Behind
A whimsical cacophony
Made charming with the label
“Antique”
Books and journals with
Yellowed pages and
Missing covers
Authors and titles
Unknown
A genius’s
Beloved words
Lost to time
Massive and minuscule clocks
Whose gears have ceased to grind
Lifeless
Like the world’s continued motion
After death
Time moves on
Ignorant of the absence of the
Heartbeats of
These splintered
Clocks
Assorted paintings which
Capture life in its
Various forms
A desperate attempt to
Preserve the image of
That which will
Inevitably
End
For Death is the thief that
Never fails
To steal what
Life has created
It’s a strange store
A graveyard for objects of
Varying character
Some peculiar
Some rare
And some
Merely
Neglected
Memories abandoned
Items of
False sentiment
It’s a strange store
A store for the lost to
Rot away on a
Wooden display
For all to
See

-Megan M. Phillips

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