“Crickhollow Revisited”

Once, many years ago, a gifted poet
Placed into the mouths of simple folk
A happy verse in praise of “Water Hot,”
Rejoicing in the pleasure of a bath.
And I, from time to time, have felt the same.
But “pleasant heat” is only felt by contrast,
So when I must step out from the steam
Into the drier air beyond the tub,
The sudden chill—evaporation’s gift—
Is always such a shock that I forget
The pleasure of the warm humidity.

The idea for this verse-paragraph came to me last week. For some reason the few fragments I could remember of The Bath Song from The Fellowship of the Ring came to mind. I had intended to add more to this, but found my only thoughts going in directions that didn’t fit with the above, so I decided to let it stand. But perhaps a poem prompted by another hobbit-song will be forthcoming; we’ll see.

As always, I earnestly welcome your comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. (In other words, if you liked this poem, or you didn’t like it, or it made you think of something, or … please leave a comment to let me know.) If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (starting with those linked from one of the “archive” installments, since the full archive is by now, at over two hundred poems, somewhat daunting); I’d especially like to know, as part of my preparations for a collection, which poems you think are my best. You may also share it with others, subject to my sharing policy.

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