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This poem is taken from PN Review 60, Volume 14 Number 4, March - April 1988.

Three Poems Elizabeth Smither

Two useful inventions:
the hotwater bottle and the sandwich


Carry the bath to bed with you
Arrange a fever for your feet
Or two slices of bread with meat.

Eat while reading, playing cards
Do not forget your opponent's face
A hotwater bottle is good for grief.

A bag of rubber like a lung
Works better than Proust, a sandwich crumb
Gives you a look at other hands.

Both together, food and feet
Would be a combination to beat
Except the crumbs and cheese would toast.

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