A vice, weakness, laughable folly or illness?

Empty bottles

It might seem pathetic
to collect old empty bottles
for the happy moments they conserve
instead of what they once contained,
and once you start on that kind of collection,
you will soon have empty bottles
all around that you just cannot throw away
for sentimental reasons,
as a kind of cultivation of sentimentality,
which tends to overgrow you like an illness,
just like any other sort of sickly mania
for collecting anything, like stamps, old papers,
technical mecanical contraptions or like any junk;
but there is really nothing wrong about sentimentality.
It's not a virtue, certainly no rational acquirement,
no useful business, but more like a softness of the heart,
a tendency to gloat on what is sweet and lovely,
underscoring, stressing and endorsing human factors;
and a human weakness of that kind of mild and gentle touch
is more to be respected than despized,
and more to be appreciated than made fun of;
although there is always something of a smile
about a sympathetic sentimental fool.

Poetry by Christian Lanciai The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2018-03-30 at 23:52

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Loved the poem and I somehow, quite pleasantly, read this in Billy Collins' voice.

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I enjoyed this very much, and identified with the sentimentócollecting memories.

Collect your sentimental bottles without guilt. It's your life to live and to remember. Also, when you are gone, they will be easy enough to dispose of for next of kin. Enjoy now!