SECOND SHORT INTERVAL

Susan McLean: Star Crush

My love for you, once amorous,
is now strictly aesthetic.
Although your charms enamor us,
my love for you, once amorous,
could not link looks so glamorous
to conduct that’s emetic.
My love for Hugh, once amorous,
is now strictly aesthetic.


Susan de Sola: Resort Warning

To any sporting girl or fellow:
Do not descend the slopes in yellow.
Although correctly dressed en ski
You’ll look just like a line of pee.
You may well find the reason triste,
But truly this defiles a piste !

 

Tim Forsythe: On Learning to Ski

I put one foot in front of the other,
Stumbled, fell, and ate some snow.
Righting myself, I tried another . . .
Stumbled, fell, and ate some snow.
I stood up slowly after being rebuckled,
Stumbled, fell, and ate some snow.
I turned to my wife and quietly chuckled,
Stumbled, fell, and ate some snow.

 

Alan Nordstrom: Advanced Hindsight

The Center For Advanced Hindsight, at Duke,
Sounds like a bad invention by a kook,
A look backwards with a rear-view mirror
As if that would make everything much clearer.

But then, more charitably, I might grant
Investigating with a different slant
Or with a fresh perspective yields a view
Revealing what’s more likely to be true.


Brendan Beary: Self-Referential Warning

A triolet's deceptive, slow,
Deliberate. It's sparse designs,
Beguiling one to have a go:
A triolet! Deceptive, slow-
Developing – you think you know
The time to write, or read, eight lines?
A triolet's deceptive; Slow!
Deliberate its sparse designs.