Take Stock

If there was a shop selling skeins
Of all the emotions people need,
All at different prices to reflect
The value these things usually collect...

Then Joy and Laughter would be prized,
There'd be lots in stock to entice
Customers into the store
Of that we can be sure.

And Hope and Ambition, in various conditions,
All to be there for those who need,
Amongst the store of many other things.

But what of Woe and Misery?
What of Grief and Hate?
What of Fury and Rage?
What of Torment and Pain?

I suppose they'd not be sold for very much at all
There's little value for whatever hurts.
Yet, if there's no demand then tell me why
Do we collect and keep so much all of the time?

Whatever we wouldn't buy
Why pick up?
Whatever we do not want
Why take along?
Whatever we do not need
Why do we keep?

Shouldn't we only keep by our side
The emotions that we'd like?

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Sat 13th Mar 2021 20:23

Thank you Nigel and Stephen for your comments. Originally it was supposed to be a premise rather than a premises however I think did those products exist they could be sold on market stalls, door to door, in quaint little shops, supermarkets, and on-line, why not! You could probably buy gift-packs too.

Thanks also to everyone who has clicked 'Like' for this poem. ?

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 13th Mar 2021 17:00

Thanks for this interesting poem, Aviva. I suppose the shop is an online supermarket, where you can order the emotion to suit your need, whatever it may be.

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Nigel Astell

Sat 13th Mar 2021 12:57

I think we keep
the ones we like
someone nasty then
steals them away
we buy the others
to get our own back.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Sat 13th Mar 2021 11:03

Thank you for commenting Julie, and an interesting question. I spent quite a while pondering it, in the end I felt that various emotions probably come in a range of colours rather than an exact one-to-one arrangement, the potential is there for a given colour to be met in more than one emotion?

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julie callaghan

Sat 13th Mar 2021 09:34

I see one of my favourite shops in this poem which sells beautiful threads and wools in an amazing range of colour. I wonder which colour each emotion would be. Over to you.

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