View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Insincerely yours

The local newspaper had a mini poetry contest. I lost - though one of my poems did get mentioned in passing.

The contest called for parodies of the famous William Carlos Williams poem:

This is just to say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

My three entries were:

This is just to say

Your cat
really didn’t
run away
last week.

he was using
my guitar case
as a litter box

and I
…well …
don’t look
in the flower bed.

This is just to say

I took
the money
you had
in your sock drawer

I know
you were saving
it for
plastic surgery

my sure thing
in the fifth race
lost by a nose

This is just to say

I didn’t mail
the contest poem
you asked
me to mail

I know
you had high hopes
it would win
and bring you fame

but I had one stamp left
the mortgage was due
and poetry
doesn’t pay the bills



Blogger Freder1ck said...

#3 is just perfect. Here's my favorite parody of WCW:

so much depends
a white tow
glazed with rain
beside the red

9:28 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I hadn't seen that one before. Thanks!

8:46 AM  

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