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Hand Me Downs MAG

March 26, 2011
By lilmartz PLATINUM, Perrysburg, Ohio
lilmartz PLATINUM, Perrysburg, Ohio
40 articles 5 photos 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
Live Life Like A Party That Never Ends

I believe
In the simple quality
Of old-fashioned

Gently worn,
Previously purchased,
Vintage material
Hanging on the rack

Used and worn through,
No longer wanted.
Grown out of,
No longer needed.

Each piece withholds
In its weathered fabric
Stories to tell with pages to fill
From an unfinished novel.

Passed down through generations
From person to person
Living memories,
Creating lives.

Tear-stained necklines,
Stretched out sleeves
With faded elbows,
Holes strewn along the sides.

Painful memories
From previous owners.
Oblivious and unaware
Are the new possessors.

Happy thoughts and smiles arise
When a new body fits the attire
Thinking, if only they knew
What these clothes contained.

Washed out and lackluster,
These favorite pieces
Have found their way
To the recycle bin.

Perpetually stuck in a vicious circle
That we call the system,
Who will believe in the simplicity
Of hand-me-downs?

The author's comments:
This is for the thrifty shoppers who carelessly look through secondhand shops for clothes, oblivious to the power these clothes contain. This is for the younger siblings who complain about not being able to purchase their own, new clothing, unaware of the attachment their older siblings have to these pieces of clothing. This is for the people who look down on secondhand clothing, ignorant of how special these clothes are.

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This article has 6 comments.

on Jan. 16 2012 at 3:00 pm
Supernova7 GOLD, Redford, Texas
16 articles 6 photos 394 comments

Favorite Quote:
Let me cry my tears let me live in sorrow as long as you promise to be with me tomorrow
By Me:)

I love this poem! Great job:) Please check out my work:)

on Jan. 15 2012 at 8:28 am
Ahmad-Mobeen GOLD, Rawalpindi, Other
11 articles 4 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Understand life... Don't just STAND UNDER it!

Really Great! =D

LaceeJade GOLD said...
on Jan. 14 2012 at 7:01 pm
LaceeJade GOLD, Bucyrus, Ohio
17 articles 4 photos 136 comments

Favorite Quote:
♥ I've made mistakes in my life. i've let people take advantage of me, and i accepted way less than i deserve. But, i've learned from my bad choices, and even though there are some things i can never get back and people who will never be sorry. i'll know better next time and i wont settle for anything less than i deserve. ♥

Wow, I bet you never have writers block. You got all of that out of Hand-Me-Downs. Very Impressive!

on Dec. 30 2011 at 3:51 pm
IamtheshyStargirl PLATINUM, Lothlorien, Utah
44 articles 16 photos 2206 comments

Favorite Quote:
Boredom instigates extreme creativity.

"Bowing gratefully to all of my subjects, 'thank you. Thank you. The pleasure is mine." Nah, I'm just kidding. We're all kings together.'"

I love secondhand clothing for many reasons, and in many ways. I'm not so sure this poem needs to be a warning, as it almost seems to be from the author's comment, so much as a shining tribute held so that those who disdain secondhand, recycled clothing may be brought to the light. Thanks for writing this :) I am so very glad it was published in the magazine.

on May. 21 2011 at 11:02 pm
anisanasir_11 PLATINUM, Orlando, Other
23 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. -Edgar Allan Poe
~"Paper is more patient than people,"~Anne Frank
"Inspiration from the heart is written in the dark."~Anisa Nasir

I Love This :) ALOT 

on May. 1 2011 at 7:08 pm
SergSG94 BRONZE, Colton, California
4 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
You don't know what you have until It's gone.

I think it's great! This really shows how much meaning a simple piece of clothing can have, i mean you never know how many powerful memories and emotions,whether they be good or bad, the previous owner had with that particular piece of clothing.

I look forward to reading more from you. So keep on writing! :D And thank you for the awesome feedback in the forums!