Thursday, November 1, 2012

Close Cover Before Striking - PAD - Nov 1

photo by PSC / 2012

Close Cover Before Striking

Once ubiquitous, those books
available everywhere –
bars, restaurants, hotels,
banks and local businesses,
ambassadors of goodwill;

unobtrusive peddlers
stationed patiently on counters
offering assistance, promoting
products & services; free
for the taking and found
in Everyman’s pocket

Once popular wedding favors
(perfect for lighting fires, but
unlucky for three on a match),
some slumber in cupboards and
drawers – relics of failed marriages –
yet some matches function still


NOTE:  The November PAD (Poem-A-Day) Challenge on Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides website begins today.  Mariya Koleva offered up today's prompt:  

Write a matches poem. The matches could be sticks that make fire. Or it could be matches from a game. Or the verb of “to match.” Or as in the phrase “He’s not a good match for you.” Or whatever other match you can make.

"Close Cover Before Striking" is my offering.  Hope you enjoy!  PSC



  1. LOVE "unobtrusive peddlers," and your awesome title. Took me back. :)

    1. Ahhh... thanks, De! Glad you stopped by. :-) I KNOW how busy a PAD month is... can't ever seem to keep up! :-|

  2. I agree with De. It took me back as well. The image, with the worn cover on the (Happy Holiday Restaurant?) message, hard to believe how that can conjure up so much.

    1. Thanks, Jerry... or... Chev? Appreciate you stopping by and commenting! I do love to conjure! :-)
      I enjoyed your piece when I read it on PA, but it's tough to get a word in edgewise over there. Will have to drop by and comment on your own. Thanks again! :-)