The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #829
(Week of 10 February, 2013)

This sort of thing happens to me more or less constantly.


I found a bolt without a nut
Useless? No, it's anything but
A zillion projects come to mind
They grow like moss on such a find

They come to mind and there they stay
A hypothetical bouquet
Morsels in a vast buffet
That I believe I'll eat some day

The bolt remains in my garage
With the glue and the clippings for decoupage
The chicken wire, wood scraps, wall warts and speakers
A shoebox of aglets and tongues from old sneakers
Some clock parts and cue balls and buckles and graters
Switches and buttons and dimmers and faders
Bits of transmissions, dead chairs and dead toasters
Water pumps, novelty beer-chicken roasters
Typewriter keys, wagon wheels, tiny casters
Shards of ceramics from firing disasters
Blenders and twist ties and egg foam and springs
And thousands of similar, wonderful things

And there is the bolt like a gem in a hoard
To have and imagine is ample reward
And also it tickles my fancy somewhat
That somewhere out there, someone else found the nut

Copyright © 2013 by Dave Grossman

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