Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Reading in the Bathtub

If you are a reader you'll know what I mean
when I say that the left hand just never gets clean
from reading in the bathtub.

So what did you think about "Strange and Norrell"?
"The story is great, tendonitis is hell
from reading in the bathtub."

My books are all crinkled and spotted throughout,
the pages look wilted, like orchids in drought
from reading in the bathtub.

Some bookstores describe a used volume as "foxed"
but mine are more "ottered", or "salmoned", or "loxed"
from reading in the bathtub.

The love scenes are passionate, tender or dreamy
but when I read through them they all just turn... steamy
from reading in the bathtub.

There's splashes of bubble-bath all over "Dune"
and my mouth tastes of soap when I "Drink Down the Moon"
from reading in the bathtub.

I think that the S-bend that's under my bath
is clogged with the same Doom that came to Sarnath
from reading in the bathtub.

If greycaps appear in my house, it's a cinch
they sprang from my waterlogged copy of "Finch"
from reading in the bathtub.

And now I've destroyed my last copy of "Shane"
it fell in the tub and dissolved down the drain!
I think that it's time that I learned to refrain
from reading in the bathtub.

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Zaynab said...

I just stumbled upon your blog through Poets Who Blog. Very creative poem! I enjoyed it.

Martin H. said...

Nice take on this prompt. I enjoyed it.

willow said...

This is so charming. My favorite line is "mine are more "ottered", or "salmoned", or "loxed"". Thanks for the smiles.

Helen said...

Very clever .... makes me wish for a tub instead of my shower! A place to read.

Jingle said...

cute tale..

ninotaziz said...

Love the silly unescapable truth - a reader will read while sleeping if he can...

Kristen Haskell said...

I absolutely love this excellent Magpie. I laugh and I smile all the way through your work and it is so so true all my wrinkled books started out new from reading in the bathtub.

Tumblewords: said...

How true this sounds!

Brian Miller said...

ha this is fun down to the cadence...i have saved many of my wifes books from a similar fate...nice mag!

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Claudia said...

ah i liked this one - i never read in the bath tub though…

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Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful wit and delicious rhymes! And I, too, love to read in the bathtub.

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