INTERVAL ONE: A Flurry Of Fours

 

Wtercolour of teal drake and duck

John Briscoe: Canard

A teal
has infinitesimally more appeal
than a titmouse
or grouse.

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Damian Balassone: My Boss

My boss is such a patient dude
who’s neither arrogant nor rude,
but when I raided petty cash
he lit up like a nappy rash.

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L. A. Mereoie: Thorn In The Flesh

Stung by the hypodermic's thrust
The vicar almost voiced his pique,
Then paused, and said, 'The text is just',
And calmly turned the other cheek.

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Robert West: Pedagogical Reflection

Some people can’t be taught today;
it’s too bad, but it’s true.
“Like you,” I almost hear you say.
I almost add, “You too.”

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Daman Balassone: The Guru

The guru said, ‘The earth will burn
unless you treat it with concern.’

A billion dollars has been spent
dissecting what the guru meant.

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Robin Helweg-Larsen: Chronosynclastic

In the chronosynclastic infundibulum
That is God’s fantastic waiting room,
You’re always barely on the score,
One show away from being shown the door.

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Leslie Monsour: Arting Around

The artist instructs us
To craft our own meaning.
I’ll try this with flavors
Next time I’m cuisining.

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John Cooper: On Existential Thinking

So why am I?
And why are you?
And of all possible answers
Which one is true?

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Colin McKim: Chip Shape

Chips and pop, chips and pop…
My appetite was bottomless.
Chips and pop – I couldn’t stop.
Now I’m a chippopotamus.

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Jerome Betts: The Wool Before The Cloth

Once a prim and proper pastor
Heard a shepherd’s curse that shocked,
But he failed to make his master
Have old Foul-Mouthed Fred deflocked.

Shepherd and sheep steel-engraving.