BP: Haiku Dialogue (Contemplating Old Wagons, Etc.)

This week at the Haiku Foundation’s weekly column, Haiku Dialogue, the photo prompt was that of an old broken down wagon covered with vines; however, it wasn’t mandatory to use that particular image. Marietta McGregor, who is the column’s guest editor, went on to say that it was “finding peace and contemplation…in worn, imperfect, and transient things.”

There were many haiku poets that wrote about their haiku moment, past and present, with old wagons, but this pedometer geek writer went in a different direction, and is grateful that the editor chose to include it in the column. The haiku is as follows:

flat irons

grandma’s new

door stops

~Nancy Brady, 2021

Although my grandmother has been gone for fifty years, I still remember her door stops made from heavy flat irons. Before the irons of today, if anyone actually uses an iron on clothing any more.—I do, occasionally, but I digress, there were flat irons.

The iron was heated on stoves and then used to press the clothing item until it cooled down when it would be replaced by another heated flat iron. I can’t imagine the time and energy it must have taken to iron even one shirt.

Regardless, my grandmother’s flat irons made effective door stops.

To read all the haiku on wagons and other worn, imperfect, and transient things, check out Haiku Dialogue on the Haiku Foundation: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org

Thank you, Marietta for seeing something worthwhile in my haiku; it is appreciated

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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8 Responses to BP: Haiku Dialogue (Contemplating Old Wagons, Etc.)

  1. Jules says:

    I hope you have one of those iron door stops! It is amazing what folks will give value too.
    The Nancy Drew (even used) PC’s apparently have some value. The box I found didn’t have 30 cards and I used all I had. I sent myself two of them 😀

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    • I don’t and I have kicked myself several times for not snagging one. I was only 17 at the time, but someone in my family has them. Who knows maybe I will get one yet.

      Do you want the PCs back? I’d hate to cheat you out of the value.I can make copies front and back for my collection.

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      • Jules says:

        Oh no… I think individually they are only worth about $3 apiece (if not used and in very good condition). If one had all 28 unused they might be worth about $60.

        You can look for a single title post card. The two I have came up as $4.11 each.

        I sent some to one of my DIL’s and fount out that she collects Nancy Drew stuff. I’ve since found hard cover Nancy Drew book for her. 🙂 I sent her two PC’s as well. I only had maybe 10 to start with. I mailed them to be enjoyed. And if they add value to your collection all the better 😀

        I’ve got a an incomplete set of Gargoyle PC’s somewhere. And a book of Magic Eye PC’s (fairly good shape)- they seem to be all there, but the value ranges from $5 – $50, guess I probably should hang on to that? I never really could do that Magic Eye stuff. So it really is just what someone is willing to buy them for. I may have paid .50 for it. I go to a local charity shop that has everything but one color ticket half price on Wednesdays. Some times I get lucky.

        One batch of PC’s – an incomplete art book I also picked up for about .50 already had some postage on some of the cards in the book! I have a relative who like the artist so they all got mailed. If I hadn’t mailed them might have been valued at about $30.

        I know I have some odd PC’s somewhere. I should probably look up to see if they are worth anything. Not that I would know what to do with them if they were….

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  2. Curlers
    Sister’s new
    Hair style

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  3. JP, I don’t collect PC for the value, just for the card itself. Frankly, I never knew that they had any value other than to send to someone.

    Does your DIL have all the hardcover Nancy Drew novels? I recently bought a box of books sight unseen and there was one in the box. It’s in pretty decent shape, and she is welcome to it. I planned on reading it, but then I would move it on.I will have to check on the title for her.

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  4. I have one of those solid irons, made of iron. Must have found it on a car boot sale long ago. I use it to press flowers or autumn leaves, anything that needs flattening, like self-made Xmas cards.. Helped me restore a book I left in the rain, once I had dried each page. Useful item.

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    • I agree with you; they are useful. You obviously use yours regularly enough. I wish I had thought to ask for one of them after Grandma died. I got her cookie jar, which was special to me.Hers were solid and made of iron…heavy, too.

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