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Ode on a Japanese Commode

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Ode on a Japanese Commode

Thou still unflushed queen of whiteness,	 
Thou wonder-child of science so sublime,	 
Porcelain goddess, who canst thus express	 
Scatology more sweetly than our rhyme:	 
What nether-laved pleasure haunts about thy shape
Of ablutions or massages, or of both,	 
In Nippon or the plains of Muskogee?	 
What heated seats are these? What options loth?	 
What aqueous play! No struggle to escape.	 
What pipes and blowers! What wild ecstasy!


Memories of our trip to Japan..
With apologies to the ghost of John Keats
"Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Roy Jerden
Previous Contest Sept 1, 2013 - Any Poem Goes
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  1. Date: 4/9/2014 10:09:00 AM
    A novice way to win ....Great work..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 12/28/2013 1:56:00 PM
    LOL Roy! They sound wonderful!

  1. Date: 12/6/2013 9:45:00 AM
    O...K... LOL... Fun read and topic.

  1. Date: 10/30/2013 12:29:00 AM
    Very comical and informative. I have learned something new. Ha! Thanks for the entertaining poem.

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 12:14:00 PM
    Hi Roy A brilliant evocation of a Japanese loo. It brings back many memories of my visit to Japan and the structure and vocabulary are brilliant! Terry

  1. Date: 9/27/2013 12:01:00 PM
    Questa è una poesia di divertimento, bravissima! Congratulazioni, Roy! (Ti do un sette!)

  1. Date: 9/26/2013 10:44:00 PM
    what a fun write that I happened upon . YOu need to come back and make some new posts!

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 10:42:00 AM
    Very amusing nicely done poet

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 3:17:00 AM
    Nice work of art with strong words that are difficult to understand, yet it is imbued with strong symbolism and imagery." What pipes and blowers! What wild ecstasy" I like this line very much.

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 12:06:00 AM
    I must have a quirky sense of humor but This was entertaining.........the title especially so. SuZ

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 11:55:00 AM
    Unique work and quite creative..Enjoyed reading this one today..Must have been a very interesting tirp to see Japan..Thanks for your consoling words on Gail's blog..Sara

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 10:58:00 AM
    lol, I must visit Japan to experience the toilets! Thanks, Roy, enjoyed the contest : )

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 7:19:00 AM
    LOL I took pictures of them! The Japanese sure do have their priorities straight! They take care of the kids, the elderly & EVERYones private parts even the public toilets were so clean! PS regarding your desire for real critiques

    Jerden Avatar Roy Jerden
    Date: 6/15/2013 1:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Very helpful information, Debbie. I was about ready to move out of my comfort zone anyway, parodies of Romantic poets aside. Cheers, Roy
    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 6/15/2013 7:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    [I know this was a silly verse but a good example!] The publishers don't want rhyme, I can emphasize this enough. They don't want thee, thou's etc either. There are so many new categories and terms for verse it's very hard to keep up style wise. Content wise the market for sci- fi, fantasy, horror & love poems is the biggest. Literary works may be used but way fewer places. L & L
  1. Date: 6/14/2013 10:44:00 AM
    ha! very funny and beautifully written...(i think keats would be amused)

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 7:54:00 AM
    SO funny and clever! Keats is one of my favourite poets - and I think he would forgive you for this ;)

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Roy fun and funny poem, well done and I want to thank you so much for my placement in your Poetry That Keeps You Awake Contest, I am very honoured, Constance

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 3:53:00 AM
    Roy, I see you're up to your wonderful foolishness and we all are blessed by your precious mirth. You are consistently on target with your writing. What's supposed to be funny, is funny, and what is meant to be serious is soul changing... You are a treasure here at PSoup.... Regards.... Jake

  1. Date: 6/14/2013 1:49:00 AM
    - Roy, thanks this was fun to read. - Have a enjoyable weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)