Poems

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Like many writers, I often depend on poetry to keep my head clear, my spirits up, and my memories intact.  This page provides a small sampling of poems, which will change as time changes, with shifts in mood, circumstances and events.

 The Joke is on the Writer

 I’ve often thought it was unfair

To keep the writer lowly,

When other sleek professionals

Sound off as if they’re holy.

The say that, “Anyone can write! –

It can’t be black and whiter.”

And when you try to show them style,

The joke’s on you, the writer.

Just try to teach them metaphor,

Or classic allegory,

Or try to share dramatic flair

When telling them your story.

They’re back at you with cartoon thoughts

That go from trite to triter,

But when you try to teach good taste,

The joke’s on you, the writer.

 

I know a woman who still writes

From every day examples,

With care and grace she chooses words

And culls life’s telling samples.

And yet her readers want a plot that’s

Less complex and lighter –

And when she cries her purest tears,

The joke’s on her, the writer.

She fights them with her books in print

She fights with magazines

She fights them in her evening dress,

In taffeta and jeans.

But when her readers turn their backs

Instead of rise to fight her.

Her muse becomes an albatross –

The joke’s on her, the writer.

Even the great Olympians,

Find modern folk too clueless,

Athena’s given up her thoughts

Almighty Zeus goes shoeless,

Apollo’s quit his silver flutes

And smashed his golden miters.

But when they seek a sorrier sort,

They laugh at us, the writers.

The Hateful and the Clueless

 

Originally written in 2004, this poem has been made yet more timely by our current Congress.

As citizens we seek to know

What’s truest, true and true less,

And if we’re screwed we seek to vote

So politicians screw less.

 

But we might grumble, jeer, and scream

And altogether boo less –

If our leaders got beyond

The hateful and the clueless.

 

The “hateful” might be less obscene

If they could learn to gloat less.

The “clueless” might be more tuned in,

If they could learn to float less.

 

Our civic pride might swell and grow

If privileged coffers bloat less.

And if our “leaders” just grew up

We might vote more, not vote less.