Thursday, December 6, 2012


It's that time of year again! Yes, it's International Put Your Poem in a Shop Month, hosted this year by Titus. The time when all good poets (and I) venture forth to place poems in shops, because as you know the masses need poetry in their lives during the crazy days of Christmas preparations. And as you'll see below I'm sure my little verses warmed the cockles of their hearts (or at least made them hold their heads to one side & go, "hmm.").

Today I went to two places. First, I was on an urgent mission to get dental floss, so I decided to share a few words of wisdom with other like-minded individuals.

In case you can't read it, the poem says:

Smile at the next
Person you see
And if they tell you
That you have something
               Just there
Between your teeth
Use this floss.

Next I went looking for some yarn for a Christmas present.

Here's the poem:

A needle (or two –
if you are a knitter).
An hour or ten –
you aren’t a quitter!
A scarf, a hat,
a loverly shawl,
mittens & sweaters –
imagine them all

In front of the TV.
On your lunch break at work.
While your children are sleeping.
Till you come to with a jerk.

Everyone you know
is covered head to toe.



Your nephew’s girlfriend’s mother
could use a scarf.

I do believe this puts the U.S. well in the lead in the not-competition. So far. 


  1. That actually very cool! I wish I could write poetry. I never could get past "Roses are red, violets are blue..." :(

    Have a wonderful Friday, Bug. :)


  2. I'm not sure what I would think if I came across a poem in a shop. I'd probably think it was some clever marketing scheme. Which it is -- for poetry!

  3. love these, esp the floss one! Am inspired to venture out for my own undercover poetry adventure soon:)

  4. You're at it again. Leaving good cheer wherever you go... you little elf you.

  5. you are the leader of the way!! great.

  6. Hmmm... I've purchased both yarn and dental floss this week. I think my purchases would have been sweeter with a little poetry. Of course I love the yarnie poem best!

  7. You may be leading now, missus, but I haven't been into a shop this month yet. Actually, I might not shop this December at all.
    I love your particularly apt placements. I can never seem to marry up the poem to the product!

  8. Magnifique! And My Fair Lady!

    Who's counting? Oh yes, I am...

  9. oh - and i posted a response to the award you gave me


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