INTERVAL ONE: Ten Assorted Fours

Robert West: To a Politician

You praise the Lord and argue He
bestows and blesses liberty.
But what you'd have us think is freedom
seems little more than godless “me”-dom.

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Chris O’Carroll: Quantum Belief

These decades, physics paints our world as odd
As faith itself. Thanks to a scientist
Named Schrödinger, we’ve come to know a God
Who isn’t there and also does exist.

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Leslie Monsour: Last Words

When Dickinson wrote “Called back,” she knew
Her life had reached its end;
But I remain uncalled for and
Continue to offend.

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Damian Balassone: Middle Age Revision

He returns to the poems of yore
and observes that his rhythm was poor.
He embraces the metrical truth
and revises the stanzas of youth.

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Russel Winick: The Shunning

She finally had the wherewithal to say she’d been harassed.
That got her victimized again, for bringing up the past.
They swore she was an evil witch who lied about her youth,
And never spoke to her again, for telling them the truth.

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Pat D’Amico: The Older Crowd

There is a phrase we use these days
That with age, becomes darkly slanted.
I don’t like the sound of, “Is she still around?”
When we really mean” Has she been planted?”.

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Alan Balter: Girl of My Dreams

I flitted around from one to another
Looking for a girlfriend just like my mother.
Finally, I found Jeannie who couldn’t be grander.
I brought her home, and Dad couldn’t stand her.

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Chris Aspin: Life's like that

Naive lassie strove to urge on
passion in her dental surgeon.
Alas, her love life flopped in Leith
when she encountered his false teeth.

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L. A. Mereoie: Sponsored Event

The bay looked a real rank outsider
Until three furlongs out from the finish
Where the point-to-point skill of his rider
Saw him pull off the Two Dozhen Guinnesh.

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Greg Duncan: Humpty Dumpty Spoil Sport

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty thought he might fall
So without any help and making no sound
Humpty climbed down and sat on the ground.Humpty Dumpty falling off wall.Old children's game card.