Poetry

Stuff

Stuff!

We all have it.
Too much of it!
So much of it we don’t really know what to do with it all.
So we give some of it away…to make room for more.

We’re given it at Christmas.
The same on our birthdays.
Often we ask for it even though we know we don’t need it and possibly won’t ever use it.
But, still we long for it.

We see others people’s stuff and want it for ourselves.
We may not be able to afford it.
It may not suit us.
It may not fit our lifestyle, figure, or personality, but we want it anyway.
It gives some pleasure, for a while; until we see another person’s stuff …
Oops I did it again!

The trouble with stuff is that there is so much of it. It’s everywhere!
A lot of it is useful, but is it necessary?
And do we really need one in every colour, for every room?
We’re told what the ideal home looks like…so can we be blamed when that’s the home we want?
We’re told what clothes look good this season. Patterns are in. Now, they’re out. Floral, darling, wear them with checks…no it’s fine for it to clash…for now…

The shape of the body on which to wear these clothes is equally important.
Which is why we need a cross trainer, juicer, and fat buster belly reducer that sits unopened.

Mobiles, iPads, and laptops, too.
More and more ways for me to “connect” with you.

Children taught quantity over quality from a very young age.
Piles of presents every Christmas Day.
Wrap up any old tat so they have a lot to open.

We live in such a disposable society that most towns are now one big charity shop.
Discarded items once so desperately desired.
Or so someone thought.

I wonder what it would be like if we used things until they were broken?
Or decided not to buy anything new for a whole year, unless absolutely necessary?
Or decided to only buy recycled or second hand items?

What if we mended things or swapped with others?
What if we made things or up-cycled them?

I wonder what it would be like to have less presents at Christmas and make more memories instead.

Some stuff is good.
I’m not a hater of stuff.
I like stuff.
I used to LOVE stuff.
I had too much of it.
But, I wonder what it would be like if we just had the stuff we needed,
rather than a load of stuff we want and think we need.

Would we be happier?

Would the world would be a kinder place where people were treated fairly, paid a decent wage?
Where resources and materials were used wisely instead of the world
being polluted with overflowing land fill sites?
Where families on low incomes don’t feel threatened by debt in order to give their children what they don’t need?
Where our houses, wardrobes, cupboards, drawers, bellies, and brains aren’t crammed with non essentials?

I wonder.

Sorry…I’ve got to dash

…there’s a sale on!

 

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