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Flush With Desire to Help Save Water

Rich Tosches’ article (“Yet Another No-No for the Socially Correct: Flushing,” July 21) prompts me to send you a poem written for a “socially correct” lady who had many guests coming for a luncheon. She was in despair about how to break the news gracefully, having just received a stern letter from the water department about her consumption, so I sent her the following, which she posted on the powder room door with excellent results (she thinks):

Victorian ladies! Such modesty!

(Appalled by prurient capers,

Should subject carnal raise its head)

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Would capsize with the vapors.

All tremulousness and quivering,

They’d gasp and sigh and blush,

And slowly swoon into the ground,

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Suffused with faintest flush.

We drought-doomed moderns, pity us!

So helpless in Time’s thrall:

We do not faint, we do not blush,

WE MAY NOT FLUSH AT ALL!

MARJORIE L. FASMAN

Beverly Hills


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