"Geese in Flight before a Full Moon" by Ohara Koson ‘Goose Sense’ and Other Poetry by Thomas Schmidt The Society April 27, 2018 Culture, Humor, Poetry 8 Comments Goose Sense A burden and a bore I must have been; As handy as another leg, I’d slouch The farm in borrowed overalls, and when My chores were done I’d nap on grandpa’s couch. I thought of books and girls and being cool, Of anything but crops and barns and sheds Or this old man pointing some garden tool Up at a flock of geese over our heads. “How come, you reckon, one side of that V Is just a little longer than the other?” He paused just long enough for wiz kid me To think up some smart theory or another; ___“Give up?” he asked. “I guess so,” I replied. ___He winked and said, “There’s more geese on that side.” A Limerick Three statisticians from Clyde To the hunt their sound methods applied: One shot three feet high, One shot three feet shy, “We got him!” the third fellow cried. Ozymandias for Windows after “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley I got an email from somebody’s friend Which said: Please forward this to one and all; I picked an address group and then hit Send. It was an image, jpeg, I recall, That trembled, beckoned me to comprehend For fractions of a second as I gazed; But having little time for what things mean, I clicked it into cyberspace unfazed. Let others heed its import if they may: “My name is Bill, I’ve conquered all I’ve seen: Look on my Works, and do not count the cost!” And that was all. I went on with my day ___Of multi-tasking with the faceless lost ___Who send me messages from far away. Email from the Dungeon Beneath the Ivory Tower Its me. I would of come to class to-day But both my kids are still to sick and there Dad works, plus grammer (husbands mom) wont stay More then two hours, which I dont think is fair, Shes in our single wide out back so why She cant help me some more I just dont get, Ok, your probly thinking tmi 🙂 My questions on the homework, I forget On Tuseday did you say we could or not Use I on essays? I wrote all I can, A half a page but that’s asfars I got, And do you grade on writing? Yours, Sue Ann ___P.S. If I missed anything today ___Just send it in an email back ok? Tom Schmidt retired to rural Vermont following a teaching career in literature and theology that began with a PhD from Cambridge University and ended when his last employer, Burlington College, went belly up–which was not his fault. In addition to many academic books and articles, he has written two novels, In Poor Taste and What Would Gilligan Do? His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including War, Literature, & the Arts, Rolling Coulter, Blue Collar Review, The Lyric, and Poets & War. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 8 Responses Joe Tessitore April 27, 2018 Great way to start the day – I smiled through them all. Perhaps the best limerick I ever read! Reply Dave Whippman April 27, 2018 “Ozymandias for Windows” is a very clever parody of a famous poem. Nicely done. Reply Amy Foreman April 27, 2018 What a fun start to the day! Delightful! Reply Jenni Wyn Hyatt April 27, 2018 Lovely to see some humorous poems. I particularly enjoyed the very clever ‘Ozymandias for Windows’. Reply David Watt April 28, 2018 ‘Ozymandias for Windows’ was also my favorite, for it’s contemporary take on a classic, and the cleverly thought-out humor. Reply David Hollywood April 29, 2018 Lovely, and I am still smiling in response to Goose Sense. I just read it to my wife and we both burst out laughing. Many thanks. Reply Steve April 29, 2018 Email from the Dungeon Beneath the Ivory Tower hits the nail on the head! I’m handling just these kinds of emails during this, the last day of the semester. Reply Leo Yankevich May 2, 2018 These are a joy to read. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.