|by lolamouse or babymouse 2014|
Five charms I picked up
from the dimestore dust,
all silver and blue and black in my hand:
A vase, an acorn, a button of fire,
two eyeballs with a look of command.
I strung them up quick
on a spaghetti string, tied as
tight as a tattoo on my wrist
but the vase tipped over and spilled its blood,
the acorn poked, the button burned
and the eyeballs saw more than they should.
So beware of the luck
that you find in the dirt.
Some things should be left,
some things charm up hurt.
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Challenge: Whozits and Whatzits
Lolamouse (Mouse Droppings) has given us some truly unique photos of various arcane and odd ..stuff..taken at a shop she visited on a trip to Portland, Oregon with her daughter. Bizarre as it may sound, I had already had the dream (including the eyeballs) that sparked this poem and written a few lines of it down--I couldn't ask for a better pic to have enabled its completion. Thanks, LM!
Image by lolamouse or babymouse.
Used with permission.