In praise of



In praise of

The prepositional variety

Of those that screw on, pop off,

Seal up, keep in

And shut out


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


Atop the heads of rich and poor —

Who need to be warm

Or want to be cool


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


Pandora’s temptation

Flipping open angry and crazy

Keepers of secrets

Stoppers of talk


Everywhere you look or don’t

Lids, lids, lids

In praise of


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


19 thoughts on “In praise of

  1. winsomebella

    I can think of one other, though not nearly as beautiful as your collection……the lid that men too often forget to put back in its place 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. Margie

    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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