If in your home
you are faced with a flat surface
there is always a temptation
(“Anyone seen my carkeys/spectacles?”)
to put something casually on it
but more usually
it is some object which you like
or which reminds you of something somewhere
some place, some event that mattered
or somebody close to you,
long ago, still,
or something which
will interest/impress your friend(s).
This is my mantelpiece –
a Masai head, a Modigliani bust
and two avant-garde dogs.
What d’you think?
“Anyone seen my coil of picture wire?”