In praise of

Standard

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In praise of

The prepositional variety

Of those that screw on, pop off,

Seal up, keep in

And shut out

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As well as those that

Require tools to remove

Whether bendable or breakable

Hinged or unhinged

Hard as roofs for the dead

Soft as tents for pies

Sturdy as helmets for pots

Or merely heaps of pot

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Atop the heads of rich and poor —

Who need to be warm

Or want to be cool

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Mighty eye shutters

Doors to dreams both night and day

Locking you inside nightmares

Opening up to set you free

Blink and wink makers

Whipping your forty lashes or more

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Pandora’s temptation

Flipping open angry and crazy

Keepers of secrets

Stoppers of talk

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Everywhere you look or don’t

Lids, lids, lids

In praise of

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Photos:   Commode lid     Orange lid      White coffin    Eye     Hinged chest    Decorative Lid

 

19 thoughts on “In praise of

  1. My father-in-law had an antique “necessary” with a beautiful wooden case. It looked like a drum table and he snickered each time guests thought it was just an end table beside the couch. I’m so glad it had a lid!

  2. You have but a lot of thought into lids, and so I wanted to send you another very excellent use of lids (from Erma Bombeck: “Phrases and their actual meanings: “My teacher has never liked me.” Expect a phone call before lunch from the teacher informing you that your child has been launching hot dogs by compressing them inside a small Thermos and then removing the lid quickly.”

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