At the Goodwill Monday 2021

At the Goodwill Monday 2021
At the Goodwill Monday 2021

At the Goodwill Monday 2021

A.  At The Goodwill

To sift through toys as if an ancient grain

and disinfect the mattress of these beds

many dolls who seem to have lost their heads

into the trash a jacket with a stain.

In boxes hidden from our view to go

to Goodwill to donate what we find dull

there lost in stacks of enameled pan skull

among the coffee mugs once used for show.

An old worn leather couch near curtain rod

just sits out back near door for donation

around the block a tent made of grey tarp.

These years rode upon these items roughshod

a slightly worn “History of  our Nation”

go back to when these new shoes made us sharp.


B. Monday

A frequent turn around of selection

you notice woman wearing your old scarf

the one you wore the night we met on wharf

a sort of bright paisley resurrection.

Happy to finally remove clangers

a man is trying on your son’s Converse

to cedar bookshelf where one might find verse

hours and hours of pushing hangers.

One spends these hours alone or with children

push to find denim jacket you wanted

maybe some patches already sown on.

A glass reminder of how we have been

household items we found we exalted

once held close to our chest but now are gone.

C. 2021

A snapshot of our daily existence

once too baggy, too tight, out of fashion

reminders of when we lacked compassion

time to remove old things at a distance.

Spend Monday at our local Goodwill Store

the ghost of sports jackets worn by fathers

wooden spoons never broken by mothers

one day a week to fill our carts with more.

To wonder if you’ll see this junk again

forgetting when we held this Doily tight

finding the treasures of our forever.

Will look upon Goodwill resurrection

a boy will smile over a packaged kite

there’s chance this bowtie will make us clever.


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Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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