Monday, April 25, 2011

Worth More Than Five Cents


Junk -- gleaned from a rummage sale, 5 cents apiece. (The styrofoam snowball and fabric swatches counted as a set, for 5 cents.)

But oh, what beauty
and scratch-the-itch desire for creativity!
Worth? Immeasurable,
Highly treasurable!
What may happen to these parts?
Ah, re-purposed arts!

Garlands of cats to be seen,
Are leftovers from Halloween;
But black cats endear other seasons as well.
Or I could re-cut them into (what?) else?
Or glue on shiny
Colored thingies –
Off to a good start
Of other garlanded pop-art.

(Or fashion them into silhoettes
Of seaweed for fishy themed vignettes --)
As also true with the black glittery tinsel:
Underwater plant-feathers or pencils.
With tinsel I might dress a doll,
Or re-edge a fluffy shawl,
Or fashion garland in shape of a heart,
Or frame a picture – is that art!

Hand-mirror, badly abused;
Reflective surface crazed, confused.
Patch the cracked frame,
Paint it – sure, I’m game!
I envision gluing
Bright beads wooing
Delight; perhaps I’d paint some lines
Or maybe sparkly Valentines,
But I’d let the mirror’s still-shiny parts
Glint through the masque of art.

Styrofoam would-be Christmas-ball-bedecked,
But the cloth is only pinned in place, not wrecked
For styrofoam snowball --always useful –
Or to make a doll’s face sweet and truthful.
Fabric swatches’ jewel tones
Are just so re-arrangement-prone;
Rows of squares, or fans, to start.
I crave many repositioned arts!

And so I thank the God of life
Who lends imagination to my life;
His God-image set in me
Bursts forth in my creativity.
Through my pastimes I make beauty,
And see the awesomeness of God, not duty!

(c) 2011 by Marilee Miller

This post is linked to L. L. Barkat's "Seedlings in Stone"
On, In and Around Mondays

And to Laura Boggess' site "The Wellspring"
Playdates with God


  1. Great illustration! We tend to value only the things that have a hefty price tag -- you found pleaseure in the simple things

  2. The possibilities are endless! I love the resourcefulness in these words. When I was a little girl, my mother had a button jar. Anytime we lost a button, she would go to that jar to find a fitting replacement. I loved that jar--the colors and textures mesmerized me.

    Art is everywhere, isn't it? And I still would so love to see the completed project!

    I will try to fix this ling too, friend :). It's still linking up to the prayer yarn post. We'll figure it out :).

  3. "Of seaweed for fishy themed vignettes"

    Those I want to see. :)


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