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Jefferson Carter

(February 21,1943)

Writing in the Shower


I wanted something
Eastern European, you know,
something portentous
in the best sense of the word,
but what I managed was
two lines of Southwestern
animal husbandry, half
a simile comparing
something wet to a teaser
stallion on a stud farm
& I was too busy
to mention the sow bugs
in the shower stall,
which echoed like a school
for famous readers.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Edited: Monday, June 26, 2006

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  • Brittany graviet (10/11/2008 1:10:00 AM)

    nicely written, goes off then draws the reder in with a poetic meaningful line then continues the pattern. over all letting the reader think and muddle through the lines and message. (Report) Reply

  • Chuck Audette (8/15/2008 1:55:00 PM)

    your poetic lines set down here and there, weaving a spiderweb of images in the corner of your shower stall. wonderful - -chuck (Report) Reply

  • John Kay (9/30/2007 5:23:00 AM)

    Jefferson,

    The 'sow bugs' echoed with 'bed bugs' in a Moscow flophouse, so you bridged the gap. And the showers in the East are most memorable. Five star poem. John (Report) Reply

  • Elysabeth Faslund (6/30/2007 3:25:00 PM)

    This is funny...sow bugs in the shower, readers. This is so abstract...to me, anyway...Eastern European to Southwestern U.S. I have to go back and reread this...maybe in the shower stall right above my head...uh, the shower head is above my...oh skip it! xxElysabeth (Report) Reply

  • Ted Sheridan (5/23/2007 8:07:00 AM)

    Many good writes have come from the shower....and probably an equal number or more of bad ones too. I wish you would post some more as I have read all of these...go take another shower.LOL (Report) Reply

  • Dee Daffodil (3/8/2007 11:11:00 PM)

    I do most of my writing in the shower....well...composing really....cuz otherwise...the paper gets pretty soggy!
    hugs,
    Dee (Report) Reply

  • Goldy Locks (10/28/2006 9:25:00 AM)

    this starts right in on your thoughts without any hesitation. like a shower evokes a stream
    of unpredicted notions. makes it exciting to read.

    hearts, Goldy. (Report) Reply

  • ... ... (4/18/2006 7:44:00 PM)

    i think this is much better than the poem you posted last week, this reminds of you back nearer your best - (your best by the way for me of what i've seen is the image of the salesmen hanging from the wires) - it feels easier, less forced. so you have had writer's block for a while, well what better way out of it than writing a poem about the process of writing a poem. this poses an interesting thought about what kind of poet we can be, pound fancied himself as a chinese poet at times, but is such a thing truly possible, and is attempting it fighting the inevitable? (Report) Reply

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