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

30 Comments on “Interior Design

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


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


  3. 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!


  4. 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.


  5. 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


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