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Bidding Up a Rug on eBay
Nancy Scott

Foxybenmoxy beat me out again, maybe
a decorator or someone
with deep pockets, who bids huge sums
for Afghan, Turkoman, and Persian rugs
like those I bought cheap in September.
Kahuipu and I are email buddies,
checking, comparing, outbidding each other.
With a fast browser, he’ll snipe
the last second and burn competition.
Last week, I bid up a Shiraz
(let others pay dearly),
and made a few bucks for the seller.
Doesn’t matter, Kahuipu emails me,
when he wins it. I like the rug,
besides salt bags are still a bargain.
Thanks for the tip, but I’ve run out
of room for the rugs I own.
Like where would I put a salt bag?
Why not join Goaugie, Mulletspeak,
Dopeywankanooby, Financy, Kahuipu,
and me? Bid on a prayer rug
(one you don’t need),
because nothing beats the rush
when Congratulations hits the screen.
From Detours & Diversions (Main Street Press, 2011).
This poem first appeared in Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined (3: A Taos Press, 2011).
Used here with the author’s permission.





Nancy Scott is the author of five books of poetry and managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets' Cooperative in New Jersey. Her most recent book, On Location (March Street Press, 2011), is a collection of poems inspired by works of art from all over the world. She is also an artist and drops off and collects her collages from various exhibits in much the same way that she chauffeured her four children when they were younger. Learn more about Nancy at

Post New Comment:
Nice poem, very fun concept...
Posted 07/29/2012 08:26 AM
Kathe L. Palka:
Great fun Nancy! Love the names. I'm right there. We have Ebay on our favorites bar.
Posted 07/29/2012 08:07 AM

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