This old biscuit tin is one of those things
that was just always around at home,
mostly hidden from view in a cupboard.
I stopped seeing it long ago.
It contains the most beautiful jigsaw,
the Circus Jigsaw.
But today, for the first time
I stopped seeing it as the Circus Jigsaw tin
and noticed the lid with its
daffodils, lilac, anemones and ranunculus
and thought it was time it had its five minutes of fame.
The brand was Symbol Biscuits (1944)
with an elephant head logo and
Never Forget in gold on the side.
Once they held forty different types of
sweet dry and savoury biscuits.
Now tins like these serve out their days
demoted to less glamorous duties -
(shoe polish and string holding chief amongst them)
until a house clearance brings them out into
a world that eschews biscuit assortments,
but gives them new life as vintage chic accessories.