Collections You Can Hold in Your Hand

August 15, 2010

Marbles, buttons and spools of thread

I have to chuckle at the title of this poem.  It’s obviously a given that one would collect books, but what else?

Besides Books, What Do You Collect?
by Richard Jones

Foreign coins,
skeleton keys,
old French primers,
small tin boxes —
any little thing
I can hold in my hand
that like a prayer says
be attentive
this is the way we live —

bits of blue glass
polished by waves
and saved
in a jar
in a drawer.

Blue and green buttons from my collection of buttons

Shells, two decades old, found on Sanibel Island

Watercolor sketch of buttons

Another watercolor sketch of buttons

Paintings and the buttons that inspired them

6 Responses to “Collections You Can Hold in Your Hand”


  1. Wonderful colors in your button collection!

  2. Margaret Says:

    I’m loving your watercolors! You could illustrate books. I especially liked your clothespins.

  3. shirley Says:

    I am a button collecter also for some reason can’t resist when I see them at a garage sale.

  4. bendedspoon Says:

    heart button
    wow 🙂


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