You’ve gladly kept an old beloved shirt Although it’s long gone ragged at the seams And just as proudly used a jar, once washed, To store your pens and pocketknives and creams— And yet, you seem less driven to conserve My little gifts, which might yet serve you well. But I still breathe!—more versatile than shreds Of static matter. Why, then, toll the knell Upon my useful life within your sphere? Has all your thrifty ethos gone so lax That you would fail to find, or seek, a worth In me, past love? Think: valued to the max, I might still please as helper, healer, friend; Advisor, ear . . . admirer to the end.