A Rumble in the Jumble

A Rumble in the Jumble

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(Before we were inundated with charity shops, we had the good old jumble sale. Anyone remember?)

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Eager eyes on bargain hunters
as the doors are opened wide.
Watch the queue of pushing punters
as they inch their way inside.
Round the endless trestle tables
stacked with scores of hand-me-downs.
Women armed with wicker baskets
foreheads furrowed in a frown.

Tossed and churned donated items,
belts with blouses edged in lace,
followed by a v neck sweater
next an old grey pillow case.
As the nimble fingers fumble
with a cotton collared shirt,
six hands reach to grab the hemline
of a black silk dirndle skirt.

As the musty garments tumble,
what a rumble in the jungle
as the silver shillings fall
not so willing to the coffers
for the upkeep of the hall.
Two o'clock and no subsiding
till at last the chimes sound three,
when the Vicar calls for silence,
home-made cakes and fresh brewed tea.

© 2018 Christine Anne Shaw


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Gee
Oh yes, most weeks in the village hall, twas the car boot of its time. And the smell, jaysus, musty, damp, urine, and That was just the throng gathered for a bargain.
Brings back memories of childhood and also of " new" clothes for a family of feral kids.
Hi Christine, really enjoyed this trip back in time,
. Hope you are well.

Posted 9 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Verse

9 Months Ago

Hey there, Gee! Just doing one of my wee hour of the morning word binges in Canada!

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angel

9 Months Ago

You said wee...(childishly giggles).
Verse

9 Months Ago

Hee-hee!!! So I did. :):) ................



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Loved it! You have described the scene so well I am there but not bargain hunting - all needs satisfied
- only as the 'silent observer' of those anxious to foolishly spend, spend on whose account? So wrong when many are searching rubish dumps for scraps of food!

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

kitty

7 Months Ago

hank for the prompt but I am comparing to what is so prevalent - today Black Friday Sales.. This has.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

7 Months Ago

Yes Black Friday. Appropriately named in my opinion. I personally don't think it's worth the hassle .. read more
kitty

7 Months Ago

The 'T' at the start of my sentence dropped off, sorry.
dear Chris... a perfect disclosure of “almost new” lovely apparel for our heart’s desure.
truly, Pat

Posted 8 Months Ago


A thrilling poem for me! I love bargain shops and sales! You have expertly, effortlessly brought the jumble sale to life with all its excitement, hustle bustle and adrenalin flow. There’s also an endearing quaintness to the poem, that I loved. If there was such a sale here, I’d be raring to go!

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

8 Months Ago

They used to be such fun, but have now been replaced by charity shops. I used to love a rumble in th.. read more
Dhara_Ditzy Kat

8 Months Ago

Thank you Chris :)
I’m by nature ditzy, so it kind of suits me and I’m very comfortable.. read more
I remember helping out at a jumble sale.
People were stealing stuff. Which ended up with me throwing clothes at them.
Ended up in a riot. I was never asked to help out ever again.
Just realized why I'm damaged.

Posted 9 Months Ago


i am sworn by oath
to never attend ..
the sale...
the deal
nor gold bargain
so grateful now i sit
keying my happiness
to read and to endure
this journey
to the store
my shins and knuckles
free from bruising
while spiritly
i went a cruising :)))))))))))) its terrible i know .. but i sure loved reading your poem ..

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you Mr E. Pleased you enjoyed the read. Smiling at that oath you have sworn.

Ch.. read more
A cup of tea and cakes make everything nice at the end isn't it ? I have seen scenes like the ones you described on tv shows, never experienced... but at Christmas time Our crowded shopping malls are exactly like bargain hunters parade. A wonderfully written poem!

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you M for your visit. Hope all is good with you.

Chris
Mrudula Rani

9 Months Ago

You are most welcome.
All is good with me. Thank you, C.
I go to goodwill every now and then..but not in crowds
*Not my cup of tea*.
however;.never know what interesting items might be found..

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

I don't like crowds these days either Fran Marie, but happy to browse in charity shops for fun. Than.. read more
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I'm not sure we had these here in Canada but it sure sounds like a lot of fun to be searching for treasure.
I'm not a big fan of the crowds but I've popped into flea markets once or twice and remember getting all caught up in the hunt for something interesting and different. Fun poem. :)

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Hello Ana, pleased you enjoyed the fun in this poem. Thank you for your visit. Most appreciated.
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Hahaha! Someone reminded me just the other day that rummage sale season is just beginning.

So there’s no question about the excellent lighthearted tone, flow, rhythm and humour enrobed in proper grammar, spelling and punctuation. But what I really love about this wonderful piece is the use of alliteration to underscore the message. I have a feeling you might not even have realized how cohesive the sound patterns are throughout the write. The lovely um and uh sounds lead us into the rumble tumble jumble that lie at the heart of this verse. And then they appropriately stop entirely as the Vicar serves tea! Absolutely amazing and adorable!!!

Loved this write. :):)

V



Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Good morning from me across the pond and thank you for your great review Verse. I always read my stu.. read more
I've never heard of a rumble (until now) but we are very fond of our yard sales here in the USA. I love the details which bring your situation alive, especially six hands reaching for the same skirt (clever way to show instead of tell). I worked with a lady who slapped together the most eclectic rummage-outfits. She told of going to Salvation Army distribution center & jumping into a dumpster of old clothes & almost drowning (she was tiny). Your poem helps me visualize a similar scene & I'm laughing all the way (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

9 Months Ago

Thank you Margie. Those jumble sales weren't for the feint hearted. You had to get stuck in and beli.. read more

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