INTERVAL ONE: A Dozen Of Fours

 

Chinese brush drawing of cockerel looking left.

Daniel Galef: Language of Birds

There’s no talk
’twixt hen and cock:
one is cluck,
the other, clock.

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Tony Peyser: A Cynic’s Daily Affirmation

Grant me success from hard work,
And not just luck. This
Is how our horizons broaden and
Oh, hell – just * * * * this.

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Tracy Davidson: Bigger Size

"I need this in a bigger size,"
I whisper, while I'm blushing red.
I rue my rear and chunky thighs
And wish I'd shopped online instead.

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Eve Best: A Short Piece of Advice

Flattery’s a fatal tool
that makes a happy, fatal fool;
but be assured that fate is cruel -
and won’t hold back on ridicule!

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Henry Stimpson: The Netherlands
Is the World's Second-Largest
Agricultural Exporter

With just a squirt
Of rich moist dirt,
The crafty Dutch
Grow very much.

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Martin Elster: Oh, Soda Moth

Oh, soda moth, what is your end
drowning in that sugary blend?
Though it’s delectable as nectar,
that soft drink is a bug collector.

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Bruce McGuffin: August

I'll lie in the shade here
And suck on this popsicle.
Heat and humidity
Leave me all flopsical.

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Hank Greenspan: DONOTREPLY

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We don’t want your conversation,
we’re not looking for a friend.
Just sit tight and mind your business,
let that be the end. The End.

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Russel Winick Emotional Maturity

Though age often sees people set in their ways,
It also should foster a more mature phase,
Where ripe self-esteem gives the judgment full range,
In tackling the problem of what needs to change.

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Rumi Morkin: Sitting Verse-us Standing

Feel tired composing seated? Don’t despair!
Just buy an ‘Ergo Impact Standing Chair.’
to endlessly pen verse both days and nights.
What joy! Now you can stand up for your writes!

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Pat D’Amico: Nomenclature

Davenport, sofa
Couch or settee:
Whatever the name,
It sits well with me.

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L. A. Mereoie: Horse Opera

‘Wild West’ show members pay to use
A farrier who’s fast
So should performers cast their shoes
He swiftly shoes their cast.

Underside of horse's hoof and shoe