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Poems From Bard to Verse

by Mel Wade

 

Northern Exposure

Many years past while constructing my dream
(A place on a lake, complete with a stream)

I busily worked on my cottage abode
When, feeling an urge for an indoor commode

I was suddenly struck as I answered the call
That winter had followed a beautiful fall

But the weather outside was between nippy and numbing
And we had no provision for interior plumbing.

My neighbor, with foresight, had thought to provide
A primitive privy, thirty-six inches wide.

In my haste, I observed no half moon on the door?
In fact not a door, nor even a floor.

But only a roof barely covering a hole
With a nail as a hook, providing a roll.

I was chilled as I sat in this partial enclosure
But thrilled at the view in my northern exposure

For as I sat among pines nearly five stories tall
Though partially numb, feeling no pain at all

I remembered an ad which once was in favor--
"If it hasn't a hole, it isn't a Lifesaver."

"Northern Exposure" has recently been published in a book called
 "The Best Poetry of 1998."
Congrats Mel...this is a great poem!

 

Reprinted here with the kind permission of the author Mel Wade -   1998

 

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