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On The Shelves Of My Soul

by Chris Sorrenti

on the shelves of my soul
are countless treasures
more precious
than any grade of porcelain
and every now and then
I dust them off
dine from their tasteful designs
and as time goes by
the more cherished they become
for on the shelves of my soul
memories await
priceless as the loved ones
who’ve given them to me

© 1989

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Author's Note: Published in the chapbook Verse Afire, A Tri-Annual Publication of The Ontario Poetry Society, September to December 2005 Vol. 1 No. 2, I.B. Iskov Editor/Publisher, Toronto, Canada. I.S.S.N. 1715-0280

Posted on 05/23/2009
Copyright © 2023 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 05/23/09 at 07:39 PM

True for every generation, age takes from us what ever we inherit and gives us what we earn; your shelves, my shelves, the entire cabinet of our character. What a ponderous verse, Chris. Thanks.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 05/23/09 at 07:43 PM

Solid symbolism. Indeed we are made up of those "memories". Greg's comments very germaine.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 05/23/09 at 09:50 PM

...chris, quite a sweet w/ real life love and compassion...this touches that lil' unameable feeling that we get from 'belonging' to a good memory and you posit more are coming, quite, quite...a slice of life's meaning in this one, mebubba.

Posted by Alisa Js on 05/23/09 at 10:19 PM

Aloha .. this one is such a sweet and tender testament to the pricelessness of memories.. thanks for sharing.. alisa

Posted by Kris Mara on 05/26/09 at 12:44 PM

this is a perfectly rounded piece, from the first line to the last (which works so well to tie it all up right and tight) -- I agree with the "solid symbolism" comment -- that really says all that you've captured here. I'm putting this on my shelf :)

Posted by Wayne Tate on 05/28/09 at 09:54 PM

This piece is so warm and moving. Thanks for the smile Chris. This one really made my day.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 05/31/09 at 04:13 AM

SO poetic and meaningful in its message!

Posted by David R Spellman on 06/01/09 at 12:10 AM

a sweet, loving tribute to all those who've touched and arranged you, and you them, on the shelves of your lives...

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/01/09 at 09:23 AM


Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/02/09 at 02:55 PM

I also love the symbolism here - well developed, a solid place to visit from time to time. Thank you.

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