Wednesday, April 4, 2018

This Mop and Bucket--By Paul Brookes--England

This Mop and Bucket

are poetry to me.
My pen is a mop

I stick in a bucket
of disinfectant floor cleaner

pull out mop sodden
with words and splash

them backwards and forwards
slop lines one after the other

Until the floor fair shines,
My mop is dry, needs another dip.

I squeeze out the gunk
back into the bucket.

More the floor shines,
dirtier the bucketful gets.

A good poem is a clean floor.

Paul Brookes is a shop assistant, after employment as a security guard, postman, admin. assistant, lecturer, poetry performer with “Rats for Love.”  His work is included in Rats for Love: The Book, (Bristol Broadsides, 1990) and in his first chapbook The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). A list of all his chapbooks can be found at


  1. Thank you, Paul, you have a most original view about writing poetry, I really like the comparison of the mon and the floor, well written piece.

    Best wishes,

  2. Nice poem, Paul. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing. Continued blessings!


  3. Dear Paul, Very creative, I enjoyed this slant on cleaning for writing poetry.
    Knight Writer

  4. Dear Paul,

    Nice use of metaphor to share your thoughts. Congratulations on all the wonderful comments on your poem. I really like the closing line. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.


  5. Welcome to Whispers Paul, I really loved your creative metaphor and well written poem. Thank you for sharing your talent.
    Sincerely, Charlene

  6. Very creative analogy! Perhaps the bucket if full of our editing words?! A good poem is a clean floor! Love it.