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Hedonist's List of Desert Island Essentials
Vivien Steels

Blue iceberg from Arctic shores
melting into cool, mountain streams.
Chocolate Emporium effusing cocoa –
door always open, shelves always filled.
Cooking pot permanently flame-hot
to bubble water within its depths for
Chinese Jasmine-scented tea,
fragrance rising in coils of steam.
Tent, the size of small bungalow,
with bathroom ‘en suite’ included.
Bombay Curry House,
waiters and cooks ever-ready
to conjure spiced masterpieces
served on white plates.
Library, walls resplendent with books,
superb poetry section –
no overdue charges.
Softest duvet fattened with duckdown,
hammock fittings to lasso two palm trees
under indigo sky christened with stars.

This poem first appeared in 21st Century Poetry (October 2001).
Used here with the author’s permission.



Vivien Steels loves wildlife, art, writing, and recording her dreams. Her poetry and prose have been widely published and her children’s book has recently been accepted for publication. Vivien lives, with her husband, cat, and rabbit, in Nottingham, England, in a country park overlooking two lakes. Learn more about her at


Post New Comment:
Lovely, lovely, lovely! Hedonistic bliss.
Posted 07/24/2015 12:40 AM
Lori Levy:
Perfect desert island! Great poem.
Posted 07/23/2015 12:00 PM
I suspect that "Robinson Crusoe" would not have been written here.
Posted 07/23/2015 10:22 AM
Posted 07/23/2015 09:06 AM
Larry Schug:
You should have published this on a snowy January day, Jayne. This poem just takes me away.
Posted 07/23/2015 08:18 AM
Now, that's 'roughing it'!!!
Posted 07/23/2015 08:01 AM
Sounds like heaven to me. Love the verbs in this poem.
Posted 07/23/2015 06:34 AM

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