The Nuts and Bolts of It

She spoke to me
among all the junk art
hanging in that gallery.
She spoke to me.

Look at her!
Wine-opener for arms,
I do love Chardonnay.
Sieved-ladle-top face,
my emotions do flow.
Sunflower heart,
that’s Pollyanna me.
Beaded, feathered earring-skirt,
like miniature dream catchers
always at hand.
Glued on wire, forever smiles.
Whimsical socks with moving feet,
will gladly tap dance, to any beat.

Forget all the photos
down through the ages.
I knew it then, and I know it now.
She’s definitely me
and that’s why I bought her.

So I’m thinking this morning
sitting staring at her,
what are we made of
and who really are we?

Haphazardly or carefully,
crazily cobbled together?
Maybe that’s it then . . .
and she smiles down at me.
We’re all cobbled together.
We’re all just junk,
junk art at heart.


Day 3 of NaPoWriMo, national poetry month, where the challenge is to write a poem every day in April!  Today’s prompt from Imaginary Garden with Toads deals with existentialism, as in anything to do with “what is the meaning of life?” What are we really all about? 
Photo of  junk art bought in Bermuda a number of years ago. She hangs in my study where I see her every day – and she makes me smile.

7 thoughts on “The Nuts and Bolts of It

  1. Susan April 3, 2020 / 2:26 pm

    She makes me smile as does the poetry. Thanks!

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    • lillian April 4, 2020 / 9:57 am

      So glad you enjoyed! She truly makes me smile every day and really did “speak” to me from the gallery wall!


  2. Nancy Jahnke April 3, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    Lill, I love her! Your descriptive poem had me wanting to draw her from what I saw “ in your words”! Had I not seen he picture at the bottom, I would have completely created a different creature, but fun nonetheless! She does remind me of YOU! Great purchase! Love you … Nan

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • lillian April 4, 2020 / 10:00 am

      So glad you enjoyed and wonderful to see you here! She really did speak to me, hanging on that gallery wall! She truly makes me smile every day. I sit on my couch in what has become known as my study, and she hangs on the side of my desk, watching me write every day 🙂 George’s big computer and desk with file cabinet are in our large bedroom…so we each have our “separate space” and then of course, his kitchen :), and our living room for us both! 🙂 A happy space and good thing as we are in it a lot these days! Stay safe, dear cousin!


  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade April 4, 2020 / 8:42 am

    I can see why you had to have her! What a cheery presence to live with. And if she’s you, how lucky your household.

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    • lillian April 4, 2020 / 10:02 am

      My daughter has always said I’m a Polyanna…..and when we talk about various movies and she wants me to see one that is traumatic or has a lot of disaster etc and I demure, she always says, “Mom, every movie can’t be the Sound of Music!!” So yes…..although sometimes my pen goes to the dark side….I do try to be happy and positive and truly, this wonderful nuts and bolts creature spoke to me from the gallery wall! I enjoy her smile every day! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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