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Poem: "The House Truck"

This poem came from the March 5, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by an image prompt from siliconshaman.  It has been sponsored by janetmiles

The House Truck

It looks like a Romani vardo
come up through the industrial age,
a big truck with a house on its back
all decked out in red and green and gold.

The little arched windows
have scrollwork underneath,
the highest part of the siding
is fanciful gingerbread,
and a balcony rests between
the two halves of the upper story.

The house truck goes where the road goes,
a quirk of New Zealand culture,
stopping and parking wherever there is
a parking lot and a view.

Let's face if, if you live in New Zealand,
who wouldn't  want to drive around looking at it?

* * *


A Romani vardo is a type of large wagon designed as living space.  They can be quite ornate and beautiful.

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siege From: siege Date: March 7th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
That vehicle looks like a railroad caboose placed on the back of a semi, and it fascinates me. Though I do have to agree with one of the first comments on it: how is the engine accessed, since on semi tractors you tilt the whole cab forward to get to the engine, and the structure juts out on top of the cab.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 7th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)


Some possibilities:

* uncouple the truck part from the house part
* have an engine-access hatch from the inside of the house.
starcat_jewel From: starcat_jewel Date: March 8th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your final couplet here. Too true!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 8th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

It's a beautiful place.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: March 8th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I could pare down my books enough to live in one of those, but it would make a heck of a vacation home.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 8th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)


It's hard picking the right subset of books to take along, but doable.
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