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I fell in love with a manhole cover

Updated: Apr 30

It's a feeling, a state of mind

As I leave my PD at Heathrow

The rising sun, my new found lover

I fall in love with a manholes cover

So much here I want to know

Everywhere you discover tranquility

Look and you will surely find

A roof top garden where children play

A hidden shrine where people pray

You just relax, explore your mind

Toil and labour with devotion

Gardens constantly attended

Cherry blossom a spring time crown

Oh so brief, then to the ground

Like life itself. It's time has ended

Lying still it makes no sound

The Japan's, a new found destination

Food an artistic treat

Nourishment a culinary delight

A thrill to taste, eyes to delight

Consume it's beauty as you eat

The days pass easy, drifting by

Too soon the time has gone

To yourself a promise, you'll try

As you say a last goodbye

Remember this paradise you've stumbled on

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Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
Apr 20

Japan! Wonderful, as is your poem. You seem to be in that state of 'magical thinking' (like a heightened mindfulness) where you open to all and everything. Folk in that state of mind have no problem gathering inspiration. Pleasure to read Keith.


The Japanese have a way of adding beauty to even the most mundane items. You captured that trait. The title is a bit X rated, but the poem is PG. Guess my mind was in the gutter.

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It is the mundane items that are turned into beauty and, as an example, manhole covers everywhere are pieces of art. Hence the title Alice 😇😊


and I fell in love who your poem. What a delight, thank you for sharing Keith.


I would love to visit japan, this little poem delights the senses.


Sounds like your trip is a treat for the senses and the mind

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