Yes, we can lighten up…


The cottage wastebasket is only 12 inches tall;

it’s in near-perfect condition,

dark red,


a bit wider at the top,

made of “fiberboard,”

with a heavy cardboard bottom

stapled to the sides like an

ice-cream container top

leaving a 3/4 inch hidden space

next to the floor.


Time to replace it

until I glance at

what’s under it


For more use the DOOR.




   There’s a message on a rectangle of paper stuck to the bottom. On it, American Vulcanized Fibre Co. declares that this fine “basket with ordinary usage should last a lifetime. It is absolutely guaranteed as to materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the date of purchase…”

   On it is clearly stamped in red ink “DEC 1924.”

   This is one piece of merchandise that will never be returned for any reason.

   Though I got it from my family used, my “lifetime” is still in progress.