[lit-ideas] Sunday Twofer

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2010 14:15:26 -0800


the whortile is a flower of uncommon characteristic
it grows around trains and in bogs
up noses it is often gay
though when a subscription in aid of the church roof did not reach the appeal's goal
it was so disappointed
it became vulnerable to frost

planted between may and september
divided as instructed
it liked sun
was drought resistant

it now resists war and drafts also
its life expectancy depends
like worms in the soil
on patients and imps
also drainage and hydraulics

it is not recommended for beginners
or anyone under the age of consent

with some kinds of perfume use
and boots
this would be fine for mum
especially when packaged with bath salts and several sticks of gum
in a basket with a bow
of iridescent cellophane


i wish i could write a short poem as stirring as hell
with war in it and victory and natural law
and a faithful dog and mel gibson and bells all going ting-a-ling-a-ling
but no

David Ritchie,
Portland, Oregon

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