The Maven

One more time. ***** Why? Because--A friend, calling to confirm David and I would meet her and her husband the next day for the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center, reported her house was being leveled for the second time in three years: "There are thirteen men under my house." I hooked … Continue reading The Maven

The Time Has Come

  "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things. Of cloture votes— and civil rights— and Martin Luther Kings." ~ Lewis Carroll, "The Walrus and the Carpenter"   "The Walrus and the Carpenter" was in my seventh-grade literature book. I fell in love with it included it in my poetry notebook, … Continue reading The Time Has Come

Eugene Field: Jest ‘Fore Christmas

"Jest 'Fore Christmas" appeared in an anthology of Christmas stories and poems given to me by my Aunt Betty Barrow on my seventh Christmas. I memorized the poem and recited it at my fourth-grade music appreciation class party. The anthology is long gone, but the memory remains. Father calls me William, sister calls me Will,Mother … Continue reading Eugene Field: Jest ‘Fore Christmas

My 3.14 Day Poem*

  With thanks to Abbie Taylor, who told me about Pi Day Poems, and to Shakespeare, whose sonnet provided the form.  Anti-Ode on Pi   Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou‘rt such a strange shape, legs much like a chair, A top so curved there’s just no stinkin’ way It’d seat a … Continue reading My 3.14 Day Poem*

Happy Valentine’s Day from Me, and “To My Valentine” from Ogden Nash

More than a catbird hates a cat, Or a criminal hates a clue, Or the Axis hates the United States, That's how much I love you. I love you more than a duck can swim, And more than a grapefruit squirts, I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore, And more than … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day from Me, and “To My Valentine” from Ogden Nash