So Thomas Edison
Never drank his medicine;
So Blackstone and Hoyle
Refused cod-liver oil;
So Sir Thomas Malory
This one is entering her teens,
Ripe for sentimental scenes,
Has picked a gangling unripe male,
Sees herself in a bridal veil,
Presses lips and tosses head,
Behold the hippopotamus!
We laugh at how he looks to us,
And yet in moments dank and grim,
I wonder how we look to him.
Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus!
Consider the auk;
Becoming extinct because he forgot…
Consider man, who may well become…
Because he forgot how to walk and…
I give you now Professor Twist,
A conscientious scientist,
Trustees exclaimed, “He never bun…
And sent him off to distant jungle…
Camped on a tropic riverside,
And middle age ends
The day your descendents
Outnumber your friends.
Song of the Open Road
I think that I shall never see
A billboard as lovely as a tree.
Perhaps unless the billboards fall…
I’ll never see a tree at all.
Who is the happy husband? Why, in…
'Tis he who’s useless in the time…
Who, asked to unclasp a bracelet o…
Contrives to be utterly futile, fu…
Or when a zipper nips his loved on…
In Baltimore there lived a boy.
He wasn’t anybody’s joy.
Although his name was Jabez Dawes…
His character was full of flaws.
In school he never led his classes…
I know lots of men who are in love…
And to fall out with their loved o…
They are conciliatory at every opp…
Because all they want is serenity…
Yes, many the swain who has finall…
The summer like a rajah dies,
And every widowed tree
Kindles for Congregationalist eye…
An alien suttee.
Praise the spells and bless the ch…
I found April in my arms.
April golden, April cloudy,
Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;
April soft in flowered languor,
One cantaloupe is ripe and lush,
Another’s green, another’s mush.
I’d buy a lot more cantaloupe
If I possessed a fluoroscope.