What Time Makes Ordinary, Attention Keeps Special 



Anything ordinary today was once held in esteem;

With rarity comes respect,

And with familiarity comes devaluation.

The way we touch something new is different

For fear of tainting its freshness

Our eyes watch it like a hawk

And can tell at a whiff if it has to be tampered with;

But with time the once cherished thing becomes ordinary

It doesn’t catch your eye like it used to anymore

You throw it without minding where it will land

And when it falls, you pick it up impatiently

Unlike the way you used to massage it sometime back

What time makes ordinary, attention keeps special
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You talk of replacing it

And complain about how useless it is now

Right at its face

If only items could talk!

What would they call you?

Ungrateful, neglectful and unfaithful

But who can blame you?

Ordinary never earns respect

But whose fault was it that it grew ordinary?

Insert name here.

Funnily enough, when the ordinary thing gets missing

That’s when you remember how much you need it

You remember all the ‘good’ times you’ve shared

And you feel a sense of emptiness for loss of closure;

But that’s life

Ordinary suddenly feels special again

When it disappears without your consent

And special feels ordinary

When it stays long by your side

What are you treating as ordinary today?

Who are you treating with contempt?

That faithful employee or that phone?

If they were to be gone out of the blue

Would you miss them?

If yes,

Then perhaps they are not ordinary after all.

© Josephine Amoako 2017

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. yaweandrew says:

    Joseyphina, as I read I kept on replacing that “thing” with a “person” most of the time. Nice peace.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, Andrew


  2. I really liked this post, very insightful, thank you for sharing. My name is Brandy, and im new to the blogging community, its nice to meet you guys. I hope you have wonderful weeks! http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for passing by and welcome to the family!


  3. Josephine this was powerful and true i never actually looked at it this way. Absence does make the heart grow fonder!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Desh😊. Have a great day

      Liked by 1 person

  4. nellycherry says:

    I love your blog it is so interesting and inspiring. Love this poem

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Nelly! ☺


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