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LIFE'S LITTLE LUXURIES
CADBURY PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE

Peppermint liquid, white and viscous 
Encased in chocolate dark 
Regular mounds, soft squared delight 
Enscribed with the maker's mark
Encapsulated and separated
By a grid of chocolate stark
Irresistably temptingly tasty too
 I'll soon be the shape of an ark


BAR ALL CHOCOLATE
There's a comfort to which I turn 
But only in great need 
It's wrapped in foil and paper too 
And tempts me to great greed 
There is a challenge I sense issued 
As I bite the chocolate bar 
To eat a part and store the rest 
And admire it from afar 

There is a fatal flaw in me 
I ignore the chocolate dare 
That's why it is I only buy 
Small bars: King size I fear! 



      COOL CLEAR WATER

       Water water that's the best...
       Drink of all and I don't jest
       ;   Slurp it from the running streams
       It's the stuff of giardia dreams
       Taste rainwater from a tank
       (Just check for floaties that are rank)
       Guzzle it straight, from the tap
       Chemical cocktail, energy sap
       Pump it from a deep dark well
       On the colour just don't dwell...
       Water water clear and cool
       Without a filter you're a fool


BATHTIME

The bath is a most delightful place
to wallow
The warmth relaxes body, then face
will follow
I happily lie for hours there-in
the hollow
Luxury: water up to my chin
-don't swallow-


A SONNET TO BATHING

Ah! Welcome warmth, a lovely luxury
       The surface shimmers, shine reflecting all
       Until toes merge with their own imagery
       And ripples radiate around footfall
       Then slowly, sensual descent of limbs
       The tender touch invites immersion bliss
       And water rises, reaching bathtub rims
       Warmth laps, a comforting, caressing kiss
       Dissolving worry, all that weighs me down
       And melting tension, heat massaging skin
       To soak and sense abatement of a frown
       To smile as satisfaction wells within
       Ah! Welcome warmth, a secret joy sublime
       These peaceful moments stolen out of time 


CHEESE SAUCE 

A nice cheese sauce is what you need 
When you feel all full of greed 
It covers any tastelessness 
And turns mistakes to meals of bliss 


SHE'LL RUE THAT WHITE SAUCE 

A Lady of old, when served some meat 
Smothered in pallid gravy 
Launched a probing investigation 
Declaring "It's not savory!" 
"This gives me goosebumps" shivered she 
"'Tis but a 'paltry' dish 
If I eat off-white drumsticks 
I'd prefer a legg-ed fish!" 

Whereon her guesting gentleman 
Took a closer look 
Mislead by lumps of white roux sauce 
Proclaimed "Just see that chook!" 
His eyes were staring but not at 
Poultry or salamander 
Which shows what's sauce for the goose 
Can be source for a gander! 



SHEDDING THOSE INHIBITIONS

The heat has me beat
I have to retreat
Into a pool or shower
My clothes I'll shed
And though I turn red
I'll be nice and cool and how-a!


NEVER SATISFIED
Summer is a time when friends
From far across the sea
Seem to moan and melt and groan
On ICQ to me!

While I have fingers dropping off
From awful circulation
And frigid air surrounding me
In this southern winter nation



IN RAYS OF SUMMER

Celestial blue so light, with dawbs of fluffy white
A southern summer sky is such delight
Warmth soaking in each pore of skin
Praise for summer, where to begin?
(But I need a pair of shades for glare
And sunscreen for each bit that's bare!)


SUMMER FRUIT

 There's nothing quite like a Black Doris plum 
 It's big and juicy and dark crimson 
   It fits inside a curving hand
   It drips so much, to eat you stand
 You need to lean, a forward slant
 (Unless you want to stain your pant)
    Whatever eating style you choose
  It's got to beat those winter stews


SHOES 

Don't the good ones cost a mint? 
If I could afford to, I wouldn't stint 
I'd wear the best that money could buy 
Stylish leather (but not too high) 
The higher the heel, the worse feet feel 
And at day's end, preparing a meal 
Despite slippers to slip into at home 
Aching feet have a mind of their own 
So I'd keep to a medium heel, or flat 
But it must be expensive, don't forget that! 


SUITS ME

An Italian suit 
Is just the thing 
To get the girl 
Without a ring! 

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

From the sand, eyes searched the sea
Watched and waited patiently
Many souls all hushed, elated
Craved the light, anticipated
Clouds were pinkly tinged with rays
 Dark sea glittered through a haze
People stared as sunlight grew
Knowing that the dawn was due
A sunrise viewed across the sea:
Worth waiting for a century


NATURE STUDY

Whatever the tree, it makes the grade
If placed providing summer shade
 A leafy retreat
Escape the heat
An air-conditioner, nature-made


ADDICTION

Oh cup of tea
Tannin for me
I cannot do without it
Relax, unwind
Un-intertwined
I cannot help but tout it
That warming sip
Passing my lip
I cannot pout about it
It's bad for me?
My cup of tea?
I cannot help but doubt it!



BOARDING SCHOOL-PASS

Ah! Riding the waves, them luvly white horses
What gallops up sand dunes with tidal forces
Don't need me a surfboard,sea-stallion,nor mare-a
Me, I'm Aquarian, the water's my bearer

Body surfing's the best, white waves washing me
They dump then I dive, horror-zonta-lee
Easier than swimming, no need for no lessons
Just take a deep breath and make last confessions

Boards might be better, far from the shore
But sharks looking up,'turtle' shapes can't ignore
So paddling a surfboard's MORE risk to me corpus
-Excepting in school,then I falls off on porpoise


SOME  TAN

We ran out of water the other day
No town supply out here
If, perchance, it doesn't rain
An empty tank I fear
See, most of the water, rain supplied
Is used in baths so deep
Where-in I lie in luxury
- Like tea, I need to steep
Thus, when our water failed to run
I called for action stations
We switched the pipe into the well
Pumped up a taste sensation
The well has water, mineral-rich
'Though filtered just to drink
'Tis a flavour unsurpassed
- It makes my tastebuds shrink
And as my bath with water filled
I saw to my distress
Water, black and full of gunge
- I used it none-the-less
The hue was like a good strong brew
When I got in to soak
I gained a coat of 'Instant Tan'
My tannin bath, I joke


A SAUCY CHOICE

What do you do for a finishing touch 
When cooking up a storm? 
Why, you should add hot mustard then 
- For ham that is the norm 

But if the food you have is sweet
Dessert you do adorn 
If you still choose to use mustard 
The eaters you should warn! 


UBIQUITOUS

Chrome legs, booted in plastic 
Cloned chairs, four, fantastic! 
Stacking guile, one and all 
Lacking style but functional!



ROCK'N RECLINE

Big and soft, sink-in-able 
That's my lazyboy 
Plush-covered, oh so comfortable 
Rock, unwind-me, joy! 


BRAND SPANKING NEW

Oh brand new chair 
There's none so fair 
None other even can compare 

Brand new, pristine 
Untouched, so clean 
Will a stain soon cause a scene? 


SWING 'ER UNDER THE EAVES

Did you ever want a swinging seat 
With room enough for two? 
With padding under and behind
Discreet shade cover too? 

Fringes dangling from the top
Ruffled by the breeze 
Squeaking protests as you glide 
Your hand towards her knees 


ESCAPE ISN'T EASY

I wonder if a hammock qualifies? 
-as a chair. Can there be doubt? 
Naught about a hammock mollifies 
-me, attempting to get out! 



COLLAPSIBLE

The deck chair is a great invention 
To sit in one was my intention 
Just as I sat 
It folded flat 
Nothing to do for prevention! 


CLOTHES 

We wear them here 
We wear them there 
We look at others and compare 
What would they say if we went bare? 
Would they comment or only stare?
I'll never know,  I wouldn't dare! 

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