World Toilet Day

LizzieLou | nablopomo,reading | Saturday, November 19th, 2011

According to my local library, today is World Toilet Day and I should celebrate it. To that end, I am going to share with you a poem I found in college that I loved immediately. It took me a while this afternoon to rummage through my boxes of journals and poems and drawings to find it, yet I did. It is a poem by one Mr. Russell Edson. Curiously, I found another version of this poem online that differs slightly than the one I copied down in college, but it is the latter which I present for you here. Happy World Toilet Day everybody.

With Sincerest Regrets

Like a white snail the toilet slides into the living room,
demanding to be loved.
It is impossible, and we tender our sincerest regrets.
In the book of the heart there is no mention of plumbing.
And though we have spent our intimacy many times with you,
you belong to an unfortunate reference,
which we would rather not embrace. . .
The toilet slides out of the living room like a white snail,
flushing with grief.


  1. Wow. I love that.

    Comment by Jenni — November 20, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Have to admit, a bit hurt that my involvement in this poem’s history with you was overlooked. *flush*

    Comment by Eelaine — December 8, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

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