Just One Shelf – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The key to life was rearranging the furniture.” Robert Ferro

Just One Shelf

O, the cataclysm of a single manoeuvre,
moving the contents of just one shelf
results in the moving  of the contents of 
cupboards, shelves, and boxes in a
byzantine operation of the likes no one
has ever seen, nor fathomed before.

One shelf and a vacuum cleaner,
multiple piles to be sorted, one for 
the bin, one for the op-shop, one for 
a friend, one undecided, though I know 
we'll chuck it all out one day, but please,
not today, I'll savour that grief to come.

And suddenly it is done, until the next 
shuffle; who knew, that it takes a house
to rearrange just one shelf.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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33 responses to “Just One Shelf – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. One thing leads to another.

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  2. Minimalism ~ can relate ~ great poem.

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  3. So true. I cleaned a large closet full to overflowing. It took days to sort, pitch, rearrange and find new homes for many items. Now, if I can only remember where I put things (lol!).

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  4. Oh my goodness, I love this not just for the metaphor, but just as much for the daily reality of it. The story of my life rearranging at home and especially in a primary classroom for dozens of years!

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  5. I have four closets needing sorting through. Maybe next week.

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  6. Dont remind me on this. 😉 xx Michael

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  7. Yes, these things start small, then they snowball into other things.😊

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  8. I think I’ll leave my shelves just the way they are, after all.

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