Some collect stamps; others gather souvenirs from around the world. Numerous dusty shelves are crammed with treasured items.
Someone strolls in an exotic market, in a foreign land, his hand reaches for a beautiful thing while his other hand hurries to grab the wallet; I must have this! The stall owner wraps the purchase with extra care. He wants to reassure the buyer it is indeed worth the hefty sum.
Old, new, borrowed,
Bought, inherited, or found.
All these precious things!
I leave all beautiful things behind, and save their impressions alone.
Ha, you might say, but these will die with you.
I reply: By telling you about all the beautiful things I ever saw, my recollections live on, for they too hold beauty. Though time might alter them, they would not shudder like crystal glass, grow mold, or burn in a fire.
And if forgotten, then so be it.