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Fake Wood Wall Paneling

by Angela Nuzzo

The deep,
perfectly parallel grooves
- reaching toward the ceiling
- disappearing into the orange
shag carpet.
Counterfeit wood grain
emblazoned with symmetrical designs,
repeating over and over
along the wall.
Hitting its ninety degree angle
and continuing on again.
Hypnotic strains of dark, wavy lines
piercing the paler monotone base.
Fooling no one,
and turning something natural
so regrettably dull.


Author's Note: I wrote this years ago when I was working at a small store with few customers. Staring at the walls all day. ;)

Posted on 02/14/2007
Copyright © 2023 Angela Nuzzo

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 02/14/07 at 01:37 PM

my house was built in 1970 and my studio has that odious paneling. i painted it..but i still hate it! very nice description!

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