Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Extreme Christmas Doggerel (part one)

The blowing snow and cold hold sway
In the fields of Ioway
When the winter settles in
And autumn skies are turned to gray.

People wear a second layer,
Then a third; then they feel gayer.
Muffled 'neath a mountainous garb
If people stare, well, who's to care?

Christmas comes with carols jolly,
Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly.
Cookies coming out your ears
And reaching to the point of folly.

Gather friends and family near
And share a bit of Christmas cheer.
Raise a song to chase the chill
And wait for carolers to appear.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chet the Squirrel (with a Bob Costas subtext)

Chet was a normal kind of squirrel.
He ate nuts.
He chattered.
That is, until one day,
His life was shattered.
A demon-possessed gun
Desiring some fun
Possessed him.
And made him smoke.
And shoot stuff.
The moral of the story?
The 2nd Amendment is less equal.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Juxtaposition

Lets go surfin' now.
Everybodys learning how.
Come on and safari with me.
(come on and safari with...)

At Huntington and Malibu
They're shooting the pier.
At Rincon they're walking the nose.
We're going on safari to the islands this year;
So if you're coming get ready to go.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Foolish Knights

Sir Bill is riding on a horse
Sir Jedediah too.
They each have sticks of sharpened wood
So what d'ya think they'll do?
Show caution lest they cause a wound?
Be circumspect and wise?
Alas, but no, these dimbulb knights
Are aiming at each other's eyes!
No doubt there's one who'll rue the day
And cry to his own mommy dearest,
"Twas fun and games, the merest play!"
And her, "A fool thou dost appearest."

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Secret Lives of Monks

.
..
...
Medieval ergonomics being what they were
Monks would get terrible backaches.
They'd sit slouched under arches in order to incur
This pain, and after lie awake
The night through, except when they rose to chant sweetly,
Or were they, (be it not so!) fakes?!
Such cynical thoughts might be par for the course lately,
But should be left to fools and rakes.
No, they sang through the pain at all hours of the night
They grimaced under cowls til the dawn's first light.
And said not a word of those knots in their backs
Except for the occasional spasmodic attacks.
...
..
.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Catharsis

The pestle is the stick, you see,
The mortar is the bowl.
Put some grain inside and "Whee!"
You're ready now to roll.

Crush the grain with vigor
Give it all you've got
Grind it into powder, man,
As you surely ought.

Think of doing justice!
Think of righting wrong!
Think of rank iniquity
And crush it with a song!

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Wife - The Not-Nun



My wife is not a nun
She isn't in the habit
Of abbeys she knows none
Though Abby and her rabbit
Are both there on her lap
And singing baby rap.

My wife is not a sister
But has a little Patience
For living with a ginger
As one of your relations
Is trying for religious too
But she'll press on and make it through.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Art Garfunkel's Hair



Have you ever thought about Art Garfunkel's hair?
Is he balding, do you think?
Or is his hairline receding?
My wife swears it's the latter,
Though it doesn't really matter.
At least, that's what I was conceding
When I left to fill her drink.
Have you ever thought about Art Garfunkel's hair?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Byzantine Slang Talkin'







The sainted fellow, at the meeting,
Raised his hands in sacred greeting,
"What is up my homey fellow?"
Lamb said, "Feelin' kinda mellow."



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ancient

I love gorgeous Byzantine things.
I love knicked-up golden rings.
I love blue that stirs the heart.
I love tears before they start.
I love saints from days gone by
Though I don't have reasons why.
I love things with layered dust.
I love things that have some rust.
I love melancholy flame.
I love saying Jesus' name.
Sadness comes and broods by me,
But Jesus comes and sets me free.

Four More Years! (a political aphorism)

If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Lament

Oh, what have we done?
Perhaps our race is finally run?
Perhaps we're near the end?
Or is it just another bend?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Little Cough

There's a cough, little cough,
who is trying to say,
"I wish I could stay here.
I wish I could stay!
But there is a lady
Who's sitting right there;
To camp out with you,
Well, it wouldn't be fair."

"Ok, little cough,
I give you permission.
Go to the lady
For whom you've been wishin'.
But when you are gone
You'd best not return
For you and your kind
I am aiming to spurn."

Monday, October 8, 2012

Abigail Speaks

I have a small baby who farts.
Her "wisdom" she freely imparts.
She lets loose a toot,
That cute little coot,
From a onesie all covered with hearts.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Slow March of Suicide

My ol' uncle refuses even to consider the idea.
Something is wrong; he's coughing blood
But he just lights up another heater,
Saying, "Never killed me before.
I'll have a couple more fingers of bourbon, barkeep."

He is dying.
It doesn't mean he will actually die.
No, there's no reason for it.
But somehow it seems, all joviality aside,
That he's had his run and doesn't care much
But to have another and another and tell jokes
And make believe and throw his arms up,
"Nobody could have done better,
But sometimes you hit the end of the road."
As if dull platitudes absolved him of suicide.
"Bourbon, Sam?"  "Yeah, sure, make it a double."

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Evil Once Begun

I'm really not too fond of Muhammed;
Though I'll admit to not knowing him personally.
He's been dead for rather a long time.
Quite dead.
And yet he lives on
One of the most influential people 'round these days.
And people keep dying.
"No fair," you say, "It's rather unjust to pin it all on him."
What began in violence continues in violence.
He's no innocent bystander, no.
He's a dead tyrant for whom people murder.
There is no millstone too large.

Monday, September 24, 2012

"The Future Bishop" or "An Essai at Speaking Well of an Enemy"

He was a boy once too and took it all in,
The pious expressions and necessities
That his parents staked their lives on.
He saw the earnest desire to be good.

But in those days so many things were changing
And moving and catching his eye.
The piety of his elders hardly alive
Except in reference to itself.

And so he struck out to blaze a new trail,
To know the truth, yes, always that,
But to live for others no matter the cost,
To be bold, to be new, to shake off the dust.

Friday, September 21, 2012

On Texting

Tiny type is irritating
Demands of one some concentrating
But if one has largish thumbs
It's best to eat a couple Tums.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

God the Persistent

I closed up the curtains
And covered my eyes
I ran to the basement
And to my surprise
The light of the day
Had just followed me there
Shining so bright
That I started to stare
"What in the world
Are you trying to do?
Surely you know
That I don't believe you"
Thus did I talk
To the one I thought myth.

He just replied
With considerable pith,
"Whine if you like
And run far away
Like it or leave it
I'm here to stay.
So get with the program
Or screw it up more
Go be creative
Or just be a bore.
Sooner or later
You will know with precision
That you are my son and I've made my decision."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Impregnable Obliviousness

Truth: A blind ostrich
Doesn't need to stuff his head
In the ground at all.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Fly-ku

Window-relaxing
Leads inexorably to....
Splattered guts and death.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Abby Limerick

My daughter is named for a monk place.
Thank God she hasn't a monk face.
No, hers is quite chubby,
And cutely so grubby,
While monks, theirs are saved just by grace.

Abbey Limerick

There once was an abbot in Spain.
A planter of monastic grain.
He planted his seeds
And tore out the weeds
While wearing his cassock so plain.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Boy on the Beach

Little Boy Benjamin showing off his gut.
Shorts fall down and out pops his butt.
Squeal of delight and smile so big.
Shame 'cause he's nakey? He don't give a fig.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Dr. Snoose

Dr. Snoose is just plain silly.
He rhymes words with facitilly.
He is like a big, brown brame (insert picture of large, dumb-looking animal)
Cuddly? Yes.  But also lame.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Drought

The earth all around is cracked clay
Held together by weeds and dying soybeans,
Water a memory.

Friday, July 6, 2012

In Memory of Stella Hult (1923-2012)


Life began and early you heard
Words beyond your tender comprehension:
"I baptize you," he said.
"See there, you're dead.
Now,...
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
Rise, Stella, rise."
....
What a surprise!
Somehow clinging to fickle water,
Was a promise.
"You are my daughter."

Life has now ended and still you will hear
Words that defy every measure:
"Come now, Beloved,
My promise is sure,
Sealed against tarnish and age.
Now raised again you will see at long last
The one in whose image you were made."

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

DOOM!!!!

Damocles is long retired.
No doubt too the sons he sired.
Yet his sword remains as e'er
Dangling wicked in the air.
Doom is but a breath away
Watch your neck!  Get away!
Ah, if only t'were so easy
Don't read news that makes you queasy.
But it's coming after you
Damocles' wicked crew!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The State and Us

I sometimes take part in poetry contests over at the blog, Lutheran Surrealism.  The topic this time around is "The State."  The thought that occurred to me is that for people like me it is very easy to see the state as an almost foreign entity. The state is something that is done to me; it's not my fault!  But there is something problematic about that. It's too easy.  It's dodging responsibility.  And it denies that a democratic state is a reflection of its citizens.


But how can I affect what the state is?  Do I really have any control over it?  The obvious answer is that I can vote.  And I can participate in politics in some fashion.  Sure, that's true.  But I don't think that's the ultimate answer; it's just the obvious one.  


I think that I participate in the state, and particularly its reform, by accepting responsibility for it on the one hand, and on the other by living independently of it, insofar as I am able.  There is no purity in insisting upon my innocence, but there the solution lies in living one's independence, not just thinking about it or bemoaning its loss.


He removed the mirror from his bathroom
In hope that its daily revelation
Would prove untrue.


He perceived words of poetry
That cut into him
As mostly for you.


And the state that he lived with
But could live without
Just grew and grew.


It was his reflection,
Both warts and apathy.
But still he knew...


He knew that the ugliness
And what he couldn't bear to see
Must be you.


Unloveliness, unjustice, untruth...
Inactive, insolvent, indelible...
The state and us.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

I saw a field of rippling flags
With tombstones 'ranged beneath.
It gave me cause for gratitude
And sorrow too, and grief.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bad Pickup Lines

  • "I would pick you up, but you're too heavy."
  • "I'd buy you a drink, but I can't a Ford to."
Luckily, I am married.  Otherwise, I would be a lonely, lonely man.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Household Wisdom

In thinking on the facts of life
I think it's best to have a wife.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The 50 Yard Dash

When I regard the stately tree
I think, "I'm faster, sure, than thee."

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Quick Look (as I turn a prime number)

With kidlings and bride
I'm burstin' with pride.
So seven and thirty
Is lookin' right purdy.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Forgetten

Down in my basement there's TV
With channels on it, two or three
Or maybe more?  It's hard to tell.
Beneath the dust that on it fell
Since early winter, months ago,
When men in tights ran to and fro.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Snakes

I say a prayer for shady snakes
That they too might be blessed.
And maybe stop their slithering
And give their hiss a rest.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pass the Ammunition

In my room there's a fly
Which is why
I
Cry,
"Die!"


Friday, April 20, 2012

What to Do In Absence of Marital Love

Wife's gone to Minnesota
Oh dear, what shall I do?
I think I'll wander into town
And buy a steak or two.
I'll fire up the barbie
And kick back on the deck.
I may be saddened when she's gone,
But I needn't be a wreck.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Characteristics of Branches

Branches leap from trees,
Hurling themselves to the ground,
Whenever strong winds make them afraid.
And then, forlorn, there they are... un-made,
Like Teamsters on lunch, lying around.
Til blown away by another breeze

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jog

Night was falling.
Air was cold.
Graves were sentries
Stark and old.
Still he ran.
What from? God knows.
Graveyard jogging's
Weird I suppose.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Leak

I used to know just about everything.
Must have bumped my head
Or sprung a leak.
We'll see about next week.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Shrinking Pot

The coffee pot grew smaller every day
In reverse relation to child-induced
grogginess.  Not a half bad price to pay
For two such angels.  A nice little boost,
Still, but so quickly, quickly... oh my... gone.
"Need I necessarily be done?"
Not as a matter of definition.
Only by wisdom's volition.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Thank God For Naps

The morning of Easter is wonder and praise.
The nap later on could last for some days.

Friday, April 6, 2012

"Good Friday" (re-posted)

Why Do We Call it Good?
Of all days it’s the darkest by far.
Judas and Pharisees, soldiers and priests,
All of them coming with lanterns and spears,
Peter cutting off Malchus’s ear.
Why do we call it good?
In the night came a mob with vile intent.
In the night came a mob with vile intent.

Why do we call it good?
When a friend is possessed and betrays?
Judas, companion, disciple for years,
Overcome by the devil, betraying his Lord,
Leading this mob full of soldiers and swords.
Why do we call it good
When a friend is possessed and betrays?
When a friend is possessed and betrays.

Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only blood.
Injustice and hatred roll down like a flood.
Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only pain,
Wickedness pouring like rain.

Why do we call it good?
When they hustle him off for a trial?
In the depths of the night was no justice nor right.
Annas the priest was the first judge he saw
Soldiers were striking him hard on the jaw
Why do we call it good
When justice is lost in the darkness of night?
When justice is hidden for lack of the light.

Why do we call it good?
When a friend who is frightened denies?
Peter, impetuous, quick to make promises,
But when he’s confronted is quick to say “No,
I don’t even know him.  This man I don’t know!”
Why do we call it good
When a friend who is frightened denies?
Sits down in the corner and cries?

Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only lies.
While courage and justice are dropping like flies.
Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only hate,
The inexorable marching of fate.

Why do we call it good?
When soldiers were mocking our Lord?
They gave him a robe with derisive intent.
They fashioned a crown made of thorns
And made him the object of scorn.
Why do we call it good
That soldiers were mocking our Lord?
That soldiers were mocking our Lord.

Why do we call it good?
When the word, “Crucify!!” fills the air?
Clamoring priests all determined to kill.
“We have no king but Caesar,” they said.
“This man is a blasphemer and ought to be dead.”
Why do we call it good
When the word “Crucify!!” fills the air?
When the word “Crucify!!” fills the air.

Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only blood.
Injustice and hatred roll down like a flood.
Goodness?  What goodness?  I see only pain,
Wickedness pouring like rain.

Why do we call it good?
When they stretch him out on the cross?
They nail his hands and his feet to the wood.
Toss dice for his tunic un-torn,
While his mother stands there and mourns.
Why do we call it good
That our Lord is stretched out on the cross?
And his mother, dear Mary, watches.

Why do we call it good?
When he stopped breathing?
Nicodemus and Joseph took him down,
Dressed him with myrrh and a funeral gown,
Placed him in a tomb at the edge of town.
And walked away.

Goodness?  What goodness?  Our Savior is dead.
His body is broken and hangs there like lead.
Goodness is murdered and justice a joke
The world is in shambles, irreparably broken
And hope?  How can there be any hope?
Why do we call it good?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lent

I'm not one to give things up for Lent.  It always seemed artificial to me.  I'm not speaking to anyone else's experience, just to my own.  But for some reason this year is different.  I'm using Lent as an opportunity to set things down that I value to see what happens, to see what God will do.  In the past year I've commented a number of times about how I can't understand how anyone can be bored; there are too many interesting, worthwhile, and fun things to do.  I'm curious about what it is that I'm not now doing which will arise in the space that Lent has pruned.  We shall see.

To see what God will do this Lent
I'm doing blog abandonment.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Birth Control

Birth control is always cheap
In many and listable ways:

  1. Brush your teeth but once a month
  2. Or walk around and Tase.
  3. Bad mouth kittens, push old widows
  4. Pay with only nickels.
  5. Don't have sex or get all frisky
  6. Stuff your pants with pickles.
It really isn't very hard
And it's all up to you!
Any other sobbing story
Simply isn't true.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Guck

When the slush falls down
All the romance is gone from
Precipitation

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Honeydew

She says, "I've got a tub for you
To take downstairs, you see."
I said, "Hmm-mm" and then I sat
And wrote this poem for thee.
In not too long I'll get on up
And do some "honeydew."
But for just a little bit
I'd rather write for you.

(and off I go...)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fragments Undone

The world was fallen long ago,
Continues thus today.
Sinners do what sinners do
And so the fragments stay.
To tell as much, with broken words,
Might strike a man as wise.
Yet it is but a half-truth told
For Jesus did arise.
The world is broken, yea it is,
As once his body hung.
But now with eyes of faith we know
That new life has begun.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fragments

Fragments - busted up pieces of what used to be something...
Some "thing."  But the thing is undone, broken.
It seems that the world is fragments these days.
A civic sense that held us together,
Is sick, just plain sick.
Who can trust the other?  Those others are vile, truly vile.
One mustn't listen to them, at all costs no.
And religion, well, that was supposed to be an internal matter
Now wasn't it?  But now it busts out in all the wrong places
Indignantly right and yet doing damage to itself.
Or it plays the complaisant fool, doing damage to itself.
Or it is altogether absent, doing damage to everyone else.
Whether by omission or commission, the whole thing is busted up in fragments.
And where is a person to turn amidst these heaps of shards?
It's easy to cut oneself.  It's easy to wail.  It's easy to stomp...
And bust everything up just a bit more.
Is there nothing that holds it together anymore?
Or are we condemned to live so separately, as fragments
So unlovely, so unkempt, so broken...


(Was it always so frail?  So irreparably compromised?)
Seems not, but.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

History of the Day

Saint Valentine was quite a guy,
A martyr back in ancient Rome.
He sold his cards and made a mint
And hid it in a catacomb.
But then the greedy government
Took all his cash and sent him "home."

Monday, February 13, 2012

Scatology

When baby says, "Ah poo"
He means to say, "I'm pooping."
We anxiously await
The day when he'll be stooping
All by himself, above the bowl.
That is our happy baby goal.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pace

Spazzes from another age
Moved slower than today,
Sniffed the roses, took a breath,
Didn't get all frayed.
Nowadays, of course, they fly
And scene cuts into scene.
Life as flashing strobe effect.
Spazzes gone obscene.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bluster

Arise, my heart, and with a will
Sing songs to beat the night.
Say bollocks to the raving moon
And eulogize the light.
Timid hems and pansy haws
Will nothing put to flight,
But ego mixed with blustering
Will surely win the fight!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ppbbbbb.

I'm tired as a tree stump
Fatigued like army green.
I'd like to lie like lumber lies
As still as e'er's been seen.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

This A.M.

Heavy frost in sunlight gleam
Trees adorned
The world: pristine

Saturday, February 4, 2012

An Unpleasant Irony

Planned Parenthood fights like crazy to stay alive.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Komen vs. Planned Parenthood

When a bully comes to your doorstep
And yells that you're hateful and mean,
Give them a jab in the tonsils
And offer a punch in their spleen.
If insults and threats keep on coming
It's best not to cower and cringe,
But give 'em what for
Cause they chose the war.
Too bad if some others will whinge.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Early Days of Fatherhood (Redux)

Dear Lord, I need.
That sums it up.
From breakfast time
To way past sup.
My eyelids doze.
My muscles fail.
All thanks to dearest
Abigail.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Ol' Snippety-Snip

Amos the kitty was absent last night,
A-gittin' his testicles "done."
Seems he was fightin' and comin' up short;
Well now he just won't have a son.

----------------------------------------

We had to take him in for the second time in just over a month for a wound that left him unable to put weight on a leg.  The vet told me that the ol' snippety-snip should take care of the fighting thing, so Amos is "gittin' 'er done."

The intention was to spend no money on this cat.  It seems I am a weak-willed softie.  So help me, if he wants cosmetic surgery I will say NO!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Implicit: (Potent Toots)

When baby don't poop
Ain't nobody happy.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Talking Dogs

A pig says "oink";
That's all he'll say
And every horse
Knows only "neigh."
Consider ducks
Who "quack" each day
Or cows as well,
On "moo" they'll stay.

But dogs have depth,
A repertoire,
Myriad ways
To speak with pow'r.
Dogs "bow wow;"
They "arf" and "bark."
They often "howl."
When it gets dark.
Dogs, at times
As is their wont,
"Growl" at folks
A canine taunt.
Finally, when
Contentment's here,
Dogs say "woof"
And scratch their ear.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bony and Nervous

The nervous squirrel, he looked at me,
Then skittered up a nearby tree.
He paused a sec, and looked back down.
I thought a saw a furry frown!
"Go on," I said, "You've naught to fear.
You're far too thin.  I fancy deer."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Your Humble Poet Laureate

Perhaps I should mention that the newly elected mayor has just named me Poet Laureate of The MOB.  What is the MOB?  It is the Minnesota Organization of Bloggers.  (Technically I now live in Iowa, but rules aren't stringent.)  In the wake of twitter and other e-fads, the MOB isn't what it once was, but it still is a means for bringing folks together and I like that.

Is this a great honor?  Why yes, of course it is!  And it is also pure tomfoolery of the best sort.  In that spirit, I will have to write some laud or ode to the Mayor.  But not today.  This prose just takes it out of me.

Beware Grandmothers Bearing Sleds

My son was a-sliding this morning
Upon the slick crust of the snow.
He got a strong push from his grandmim
And into the flagpole did go.
It's alright, his head wasn't broken,
Just badly bruised on both sides.
She says she is sad,
(Though she's quite clearly bad,)
And is itching to give him more rides.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Narcissism

The beautiful sunrise I missed
Was boring as boring can be
For I didn't see a darn thing
And really it's all about me.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Angels

When a bell rings
It might be a number of things:
Someone's at the door,
A boxer's on the floor.
An angel got her wings?
Well really, that's a bore.
Sure, some angels fly
Like those who flew in Luke,
But what of all the others?
This thing must be rebuked.
Wings and angels go together
Like Indians and feathers.
Some have 'em; okay that's great.
Others don't, and are still first rate.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bah

The humbug is the insect
Of the body politic.

Friday, January 20, 2012

"Ha, ha, ha," he explained.

In he swooped with reckless wind,
Old man winter living large.
Asked by many to rescind,
He just laughed.  They said "Argh."

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Don't Taunt the Winter

Old man winter wasn't dead
But lying quietly in bed.
Now he's roused and eating brunch.
Next he comes for you for lunch.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Abigail and Esther

In the space of twelve hours a birth and a death,
The giving of life and the taking of breath,
Joy in the wonder that's finally beheld,
And grief that one loved will now be withheld.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Snow of Stereotype

On the Midwestern plains a light dusting of snow
Does stereotypical things: it swirls and blows.
Rarely does it rise up and smack you on the face
Nor play poker with the dawn, trumping with aces.
It's rather like an old school character actor;
Predictably playing his role, not much of a factor.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Historic Nursery Rhymes

This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy liked Carthage.
And this little piggy liked Rome.
And this little piggy went, "Gah!  Alaric and his barbarian invaders!!!"

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Abigail Rose (born 1/14/12)

The first one came, a lumbering boy,
Who had no hurry in his bones.
One day crossed o'er into the next
And then another he condoned.

This baby girl now born today
Came thund'ring fast, her mission clear.
Her mother gasped, and cried aloud
For there she was, our daughter dear.

Friday, January 13, 2012

An Exhortation

Ahem.
Socks are best when worn in twos
So take good care you do not lose
Them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Walnut

A walnut is an unstately thing,
Awkward and hemispheric
Like a small, edible brain.
Care for some walnut?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Many Ways to Wait

Wait
Wate
Ouate
Wayte
Ouayte
Whaite
Whate
Waite
Wheyte
Wheytte
Waitte
Ouaitte
Ad almost infinitum (it seems)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Compare and Contrast

Apricots
Tasty and orange
Always dried
-
Oranges
Tasty and orange
Never dried

Human folk
Creation of God
Very good
-
Human folk
Creation of God
Big stinkers

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fly-ku

Dormant or dead flies
Don't buzz around nor pester.
Long live Wintertime!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Some Days the Tired Just Catches Up

Fatigue had found him from far-flung places
Heavy burdens bearing down
Like big-boned monkeys lacking social graces
All of them out on the town.
What weariness - winsome clubbing of his head.
Sighs descended from his lips and fled.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Unitary Seasons

There's Summer this Winter;
There's spring in my toes.
And if there were water
It wouldn't be froze.
Lacking this ice
I'm unlikely to fall.
And mostly I'm thinking,
"This ain't bad at all."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

John Bonham
Keith Moon
Nick Mason
Ringo Starr
Charlie Watts
Ollie Peacock

To find a dozen drummers drumming
Don't go looking in my mind.
I can only conjure six,
That's halfway there.  Who more to find?

I give up.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Eleventh Day of Christmas (A Carpenter's Envy)

Back on the job site
Winter days would break my skin
Howling winds would slip right in
Whether dark or light

All the carpenters 
Bundled to keep the frost off
Hands cracking, painfully rough
Break time 'round heaters

Walls and roof complete
In walk comfy pipefitters
No need for jacket critters
Now ain't that a feat?

Pipers in leisure
Happy and deliberate
Lacking much -if any- grit
Their work all pleasure

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Tenth Day of Christmas

The census in this fair country
Reveals a total lack of lords,
Dancing or otherwise.

Christian confession yields but one, 
Arisen.  Again to arise.


Monday, January 2, 2012

The Ninth Day of Christmas

When Esther and Mildred and Gertie and Fran
Have all their sights on the hand of one man
Chaos ensues on the floor of the ball
Punches are thrown and the police are called.
These ladies, dancing, all elbows and knees
Are jealous as wildcats, but eager to please
Wishing to polka and two-step and twist
Looking for gentlemen them to assist.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Eighth Day of Christmas

Cows these days have it rough.
Once there were maids to empty their udders,
But now just machines, cold and tough.
No doubt, in darkest cow dreams, there are shudders.