Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

Merchants of Vehemence

The effort of their lying is not strained;
It droppeth as white-washing dew from pigeons
upon all those beneath. It is twice cursed;
It curses those who speak and those who would believe.
'Tis baseless in its baseness;
it becomes their monarch better than his smirk.
His sceptered cabinet make farce of power,
where attributes of awe and majesty fail
'neath the dread fear of tweets.
But truth is beyond their scepter's sway,
enthroned not in their un-kingly hearts;
Such attributes of higher power do not show
where untruth seasons justice.

by Ken Gosse
in volume 6 issue 2

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Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018

Ballad of the Nervous Air Passenger
with a nod to Robert Louis Stevenson
How do I hate to go up in a plane,
up in the air so blue.
Oh, how I think it's the scariest thing
ever a tourist can do.

Up in the air 10,000 feet high
through the clouds grey and white,
my nerves run amok, I certainly cry,
I can't bear an aerial sight.

When I look down on the land or sea,
I can only imagine the fall
down through the air clutched by hard gravity.
It's a wonder I travel at all.

by Paula Mahon
in volume 6 issue 2

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Monday, October 29, 2018

October 29, 2018

with apologies to Joyce Kilmer
I know I'll never taste a pea
As mushy as your poetry.

Your pea poems drag on sagging lines,
Much sappier than Valentines.

Are they picked from the pod and chewed?
Or mashed up into baby food?

To read your pea-poems turns me green:
I'd rather read a lima bean.

And next to peas, your pea-poems are
Black-eyed and squishier by far.

Snap peas need fertilizer spray,
But only you make poems that way.

by J. Patrick Lewis
in volume 5 issue 1

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Monday, October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018

Larry Ate a Little Ham
with a nod to Sarah Josepha Hale
Larry ate a little ham,
it had no cloven toe;
and anything that Larry did
his guilt just wouldn't go.

He went to synagogue one day,
poor Larry broke the rule;
the rabbi just sent him away
'cause he was skipping school.

And when the rabbi threw him out,
he still had ling'ring fear.
So, Larry prayed and was devout,
and just what did he hear?

"Why does the ham bug Larry so?"
Moishe asked of G-d.
"He is reformed, so I don't know,"
the LORD said with a nod.

by Will O'Brien
in volume 6 issue 1

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Monday, October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Gaping Grave's Gaiety

Ghostly grunting galls grandmother gracelessly:
"Go, grip gone good granddaddy's gaiety guarantee:
granny, go goosey, go, grandmother, glamorize,
granddaddy grooves, girl, grave's gaiety gratifies."
Grumpy grandmother growls: "Greasy ghoulishness!
Gravelessly, gormlessly, gracelessly garmentless!"
Grandmother gabbles, gyrates, gnashing giddily:
"Guts, ghastly ghosts, go! Get gone, guileful gimmickry!"
Ghosts grumble: "Grey goldilocks, gobbling gin!
Gallstone grace, graveyard gravy, good gummy grin!
Gouty granny, grip granddaddy's guarantee:
grasp graveyard's glutinous gaiety!"
Granny groans: "Gothic grave groupies, gruesome!
Greedy, greasy ghosts, grisly ghosts," getting gum:
"Get gone, gratuitous ghosts!" Granny gets garlic.
Ghosts giggle garrulously. Granny goes Gothic.

by Alex Dreppec
in volume 5 issue 2

Eating Electric Eels

East Eaton's eccentrics eventually
eat electric eels, eat ecstatically.
Electroshock's Eden, extreme event,
effectuating enlightenment,
effectuating exhilaration,
egregious, eager, exceeds exaltation.
Expectorating effects enhance
electric eel eater's exuberance.
Edentulous, eerie eccentrics embrace
electric eels, eagerly eat, enlace
extreme experiences eerily,
effrontery's eely epitome.
Enormous electroshocks elongate
each exhilaration, elucidate
eccentric's electric eel eatery,
empowering eaters erotically.
Entangled eccentric's estates erode.
Eel eating extremists even explode.

by Alex Dreppec
in volume 5 issue 1

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