Tsukumogami*

 
Photo by Melissa Reid

Photo by Melissa Reid

Oh, they will try to keep it from you.
Your hand-me-downs and heirlooms would rather you didn’t know
that, when you weren’t looking, they scraped together a soul
from discarded feelings, moments and morning rituals
and the songs you sang while using them.

Grandfather clocks may keep their own time
chairs will sometimes stretch their legs
and pictures will look kindly on the ones their likeness loved
as the glass covering them becomes rose-tinted.

Hold off on the nostalgia, though -
- it’s not all favourite armchairs and swing sets.
Just as the bed that made a marriage may hold you close
your mirror might wonder what it’s doing wrong
when you curse your own reflection
and god knows what your diary thinks of you.

That’s the thing about possessions:
you can’t help but be honest with them.
Like children, they learn by association
and take everything to heart.







*Any household object which, having reached its 100th birthday, becomes self-aware [Japanese Folklore].


Lewis Brown is 4th year English student at the University of Edinburgh. Hailing from Northumberland, Lewis lives mostly on the internet and sometimes writes poems about it. He says, "Who’d have thought social media would turn out to be interesting? Certainly not me." For entertaining poems about the internet, and other things, check out his blog here.