My Blog Lyric Fire: Emotional Remnants

picking up a box of cereal

shaking it and finding not enough for a bowl

your favorite fragrance filled soap bar

melted down to just a sliver

that bottle of Pom Wonderful sits at the back of the fridge

taunting you with just one last drop to taste

the things we love once so full

now empty

taken for granted

used haphazardly

missed terribly

when they are finally gone

but are they really?

we often leave the cereal and juice

sitting on display for weeks on end

not wanting to discard them

as to not be wasteful

there is product to be consumed

the soap sliver

is placed underneath the sink out of view

most often put back in the little cardboard box it came in

we rationalize that if we ever totally run out of soap

we’ll at least have the sliver to suds our body up with

knowing full well that a little piece of soap won’t serve to cleanse anything

if we throw away the cereal and juice

it makes it real

we now have to look at the empty spaces they once inhabited

it’s now obvious that they need to be replaced

but who wants to do that?

searching among crowds of people

spending money

cereal is almost $10 a box now

pricey pomegranate juice tastes good, but is a luxury we can no longer afford

why bother?

we can drink tap water and eat what we already have

but are we ever truly satisfied when we choose not to refill or clear out our empty spaces?

whether it’s a spot in the fridge where an overpriced bottle of juice once sat

or our hearts which we haven’t cleaned out in years

emotional remnants and residue still reside there

taking up valuable space and not paying any rent

hogging up all of our energy and drinking it down like lemonade on a hot summer day

we allow this to happen


is it really that hard to throw away something small and no longer filled with meaning?

are we afraid that our hearts have shrunk?

we might find that our hearts have grown larger over time

that they are just bursting for the chance to beat a little stronger

if we weed our heart’s garden we just may find it filled with

room for fresh vegetables that could sustain us the rest of our lives

time to clear out those old Fruity Pebbles boxes and buy a juicer

something new and wonderful is on the way

if we make room for newness

there will always be space for love

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Feb 27, 2011 | Posted by in Blog, Tamstarz Poetry | 9 comments

Comments (9 Responses)

  1. Jim says:

    Wish I had this back when my mom would yell at me for leaving the last half ounce in the milk bottle lol.
    Great ideas here and it mdid make think. You observed a part of your life that we all can relate to.. Really good stuff!!!!!

  2. Ha! Yes, I wish I had thought of this back then too. Thanks so much for sharing your comment Jim. Sunday’s are always best for reflection and I seem to be doing quite a bit of it these days.
    Happy Sunday!

  3. Lisa says:

    Very nicely put, we can never be afraid of change! : )

  4. Thanks so much Lisa! Very true!

  5. Debbie says:

    Enjoyed the post and made me think, the other night while looking for a snack in the pantry, I noticed a couple things, my son (11 yrs old) always leaves an empty pop tart box in the pantry, then on the next shelf, I noticed my empty microwave popcorn box, I guess we leave them there to remember we are out 😛

  6. That was great. I’m always worried that if I throw old stuff out I will suddenly find I need it. Why, I don’t know as I think its only ever happened once!

  7. Thanks Debbie and Debz! It’s funny what Sunday morning reflections bring up for us isn’t it? I’m glad you both enjoyed the post and I look forward to reading more of your work as well.
    Have a blessed day!

  8. Jasmine says:

    I love this! Absoloutely love this!
    Sometimes I feel that way about new things in my life. For me its not really about cereal, juice or soap. It’s about acceptance and things we don’t like to change. It’s also about things we hold on to because we don’t want things to be different or we just feel as if they should be there (ex. People).
    Sometimes we keep people on “the shelf” because we know they aren’t quite enough but what if we need them? What if we look up and no one else is there? Just like that bar of soap, we will have them around when all else fails when we know that they can/will never be enough.
    Good Post!

  9. Hi Jasmine! Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback. You got the point I was trying to make. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Admittedly I am not always good at clearing away emotional remnants. I wrote this piece as a reminder to myself and others to evaluate and take stock of our emotional cupboards.
    Have a great day!

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