Lyrical “Collectors”

Collectors
Marion Strobel

The barnacle of crowds—
Like a tuck
On a finished skirt, unnoticed—
He collected his material
Covertly:
A ragpicker,
A scavenger of words.

And the gleanings
Of his hearing
He would costume
In his own words,
And parade before
A listener.

So that now,
Across the tea-cup,
He was telling
Of his research,
Of his study,
Of his deep thought-out
Conclusions.

And the lady,
Connoisseur of old thoughts
Bound in new gilt bindings,
Smiled approval
At the finding
Of another curio
To place
In her long gallery.

Marion Strobel_Poet 1900s

Marion Strobel was born in 1895. She lived and worked in Chicago as a poet, fiction writer, critic, and editor. Her collections of poetry include Once in a Blue Moon (Harcourt Brace, 1925) and Lost City (Houghton Mifflin, 1928). She died in 1967.  “Collectors” was published in Others (Volume 5, Number 6) in July of 1919.

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 What has been, that will be;
        what has been done, that will be done.
    Nothing is new under the sun;
        the future only repeats the past.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 The Voice

 

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