Interior Design

Wood Engraving by Howard  Phipps

Wood Engraving by Howard Phipps

I adorn my interior

With sticks of wood furniture

I like better than other

Sticks of wood furniture.

I decorate with images

Carefully copied printed

or freehanded,

Upon canvas and paper

Meeting my criteria of

What images should look like…..splattered

Upon canvas, prints, and paper.

I meticulously vacuum rugs

Placed into squared perfection,

In line with walls and molding

While other rooms contain

Wall-to-wall carpet,


Every space of the naked floor.

The desk is situated

Where desks belong,

Until the harebrained scheme

Moves it to another location.

It returns to its former self, later.

Refrigerators and ovens

Never move. They’re boring.

I chase televisions

Throughout the house,

They constantly move.

They can’t be trusted.

I use the backdoor

As my front door,

Until someone knocks,

Then, I became confused.

I place the bookcase

Where all can see it.

Collectables of varying worth,

Placed strategically, as if

is a self-determination,

Not influenced by

Past events

But, there is the residue

From old price tags

Handwritten, typed

Word processed upon

The surface of all

The objects of décor

I, willingly, decorate with

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30 Responses to Interior Design

  1. mySestina says:

    this is such a beautiful picture… just amazing!!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. sue clancy says:

    Love this! I too “decorate” my interior with books and art… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. vronlacroix says:

    The way a room should be decorated, with love. Beautiful poem.


  4. A beautifully written poem 🙂


  5. groggycat says:

    I love the part about the televisions, and the back door. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sally says:

    According to psychological theory there is a close relationship between ones immediate self-created environment and ones internal mental condition. Yours sounds interesting and comfortable, though a bit unpredictable. Sally


  7. “I chase televisions through the house … They can’t be trusted”. You have made my day.


  8. Robyn Haynes says:

    I like your house.


  9. intrudesite says:

    Amazingly meticulous description….Every space of the naked floor and Televisions that move and can’t be trusted …Refrigerators and ovens that stand still ….It is like a gallery of metaphors… an invitation to visit a self that knows to hide and let you wonder…..!
    Thanks for showing me how to use simple metaphors.


  10. I was charmed by this piece – the way you built an eerie relationship with inanimate objects is excellent, but more than that, that you can describe the scenes so vividly and yet I could not take away anything perfectly clear… it’s slippery, and it’s genius!


  11. vivachange77 says:

    The wood engraving is striking in its clarity. Your words do the same for your poem. I like this.


  12. heyjude6119 says:

    As always, your words are perfect.


  13. This is delightful! I read, the house in your mind, how it looks in there.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Loving your blog.. so unique. Well done x


  15. Q says:

    Check your fung shui, boo! Start using that front door. 😀 (I do move my fridge a lot though, is that weird or what?)


  16. Ah … absolutely I never trust a TV! This poem is great.


  17. dennyho says:

    I like your decorating sense!


  18. thenxtlevelproject says:

    very talented!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. my home decorations says:

    I like your design, , very nice picture
    -Nove Home-


  20. cozelinen says:

    Just beautiful, very clever!


  21. Loved it.
    I too love to decorate my interiors with books.


  22. I absolutely loved this. Great read and very well written!

    Liked by 1 person

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