a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Keeper of History

I thought of Dad today
As I cleaned away
In a shop of memories
Of him and for me
World War II bag and cans
Handleless hammers and axes
Still waiting for him to repair
And parts of his dad were also there
Fishing nets and cotton scales
cans of oil and cow bells
I hang them high for all to see
I am the keeper of history.
While I clean I must not forget
to respect the nature that has claimed this for a nest.

34 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

Beautiful Gail, on so many levels.

Blogoratti said...

Great stuff, great memories from a time past.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is so lovely. So many wonderful memories here.

Lynne said...

Those are treasures from your dad . . . US Army bag . . . love the cow bells too . . .
Animal lover you would protect those little creatures!

Sandra said...

this is a real treasure trove, i like that bag and there is so much to see that takes me back in time.. a mini museum is what you have. and i like the critters who inhabit it

Sandy said...

Gail,

Did you feel like you were in a candy store finding all these things while cleaning? I love coming across items like this while cleaning.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Gail, they are treasures and wonderful memories of your Dad. I like how you have them displayed, diffinitely keepers. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

brudberg said...

So many things are lost, so we have to keep some part of history.. and still let nature have a nest.

camp and cottage living said...

Sweet memories, Gail!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Lots of interesting history there! Those are treasures.

Abin Chakraborty said...

evocative details and intimate memories.lovely.

debispoems said...

Reveals a lot about your soul...caring, remembering, preserving, live and let live. Very nice,Gail

Debbie said...

So many treasures!! I hope you can do something special with the mailbag!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Whoa- what is that specked creature? I have my grandparents old sausage grinder and chicken water crock..many items..even my grandpa's old shaving mug. I cannot bear to lose them, but I wish just one of my kids or grandkids cared about the history (not to mention the family tree I have researched for the last 37 years). :(

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Love this post. It makes me happy.

T

Linda Wildenstein said...

Wow, what a fabulous trove of treasures from your Dad and Granddaddy. You are a very fortunate one to have visuals and relics that spring memories to your mind. xoxo Linda

Karen S. said...

You have so many wonderful treasures that I'd bet a huge amount of folks would really enjoy seeing as well, besides right here on your blog. Have you ever thought of having a school field trip or some other historical day out for folks (especially little eyes and minds) to share in your treasures. You've got a gold mind right there.

Betsy Adams said...

Memories are so important and history is so special.... Amazing how much of your Dad's old 'stuff' you have.... I got rid of so much of my parent's STUFF when I was younger... Now --I wish I still had some of it...
Hugs,
Betsy

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such precious memories, well catalogued.

Arkansas Patti said...

You are a great keeper of the past. You have some real treasures there. Like Betsy, I fear I did not hang on to things that would mean a lot to me now.

Country Gal said...

Wonderfully done . WOW ! What cool stuff ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day ! Happy First Day Of Fall / Autumn .

LindaG said...

The best part of all your history, is that you know what it is. You aren't left wondering what is this, or what was it used for.
A lot of museum pieces there, Gail. I love history so thank you for sharing it with us. ♥

Lowcarb team member said...

Gail
Beautiful words
Beautiful memories

... and a joy to read

All the best Jan

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Gail. HUGS B

Grace said...

How wonderful that you have these treasures from the past and from your family history Gail ~

Outlawyer said...

Very sweet poem,Gail, and lovely pics. k.

justjoyfulness said...

Love the way the old meets the new in this tenderly told poem.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love it. How wonderful to live somewhere where you still have all these things, where they were first stored and used and tinkered with.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love it. How wonderful to live somewhere where you still have all these things, where they were first stored and used and tinkered with.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

What a very nice tribute to family and history, Gail.

Ida said...

You've been finding some pretty neat stuff and also seem to have some interesting visitors.

Susie Clevenger said...

What treasures...thanks for sharing them in images and words

Yvonne Osborne said...

Oh, I love this. And the photos. Thanks. I sometimes think all poets are keepers of history.

Kim Nelson said...

Your words add a luxurious patina to that which already exists in images.

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