I couldn’t help but
feel a pang of sadness.

Someone had left a bag
of soft toys,
big and small.

And spilling out
onto the ground
next to the dumpsters.

A large teddy bear
lay face down on the
recycling bin.

Face down as if in despair.

I wanted to hold it.
Cuddle it.
Comfort it.

Eww..don’t touch that!
I was told. I know.
Someone put it there
For a reason.

Silly of me.
To feel sad for the toys.
But they were once loved
and adored by children.

Now abandoned,
And forgotten,
on the ground.

Someone couldn’t even
be bothered
to throw them away properly.

15 thoughts on “Discarded

  1. I was reminded of that too, and the Velveteen Rabbit.

    Hmm…soon it will be time to watch Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer again. I just love the quirky old school stop motion animation.

  2. Nicely written … I also believe what once was “Beloved” should be handled with tenderness and care. I specificly love teddy bears … I cannot part with them … as they often speak to me, as they have throughout the years of comfort they provided. Nicely written!

  3. I’m a collector of teddy bears myself. I, most likely, would have taken that teddy home and given him a bath. Ah, my heart is far too big (they say). Lovely poem! ♥

    • Thinking about all the hugs and love that poor unwanted teddy bear once got, I almost couldn’t bear (no pun intended) to leave him there. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

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