Everlasting Chesterton The author, G.K. Chesterton: A playful epigramist, A master of the terse bon mot, And witty dithyrambist. He loathed pomposity and claimed (And I believe quite rightly) That angels fly simply because They take themselves so lightly. A staunch defender of his faith, He was a Roman Catholic Whose personality displayed A flair for the dramatic. His character named Father Brown Solved many a mystery. And in his “Everlasting Man” He wrote theology. He was a man who smoked cigars And loved to eat because His ego needed lots of space— It was as large as he was! Some say that he was arrogant, Self-righteous and offensive. That may be true, but then again, His stature was extensive. A simple, complicated man, He was quite enigmatic, And capable of being both Dogmatic and phlegmatic. But underneath the bluster and The sharpness of his tongue, His words still speak to us today, For truth is ever young. “Dulation” The word “dulation” I find most amusing; A word I‘ve never been accused of using. It’s not a verb (objective or subjective), It’s not a noun, or even an adjéctive. It’s not a word at all, apparently. It isn’t listed in the OED. “Dulation” by itself is most absurd. But if you add a prefix? It’s a word! It seems this non-word can find abrogation When it appears in the word “a-dulation.” It also can be found in its negation When it appears in the word “un-dulation.” If someone could define the word “dulation,” I’d use it gladly without hesitation. The Attic War A squirrel moved into my house And claimed my attic for his summer home. At first, I thought it was a mouse That nibbled on my insulation foam. Outside my window I could see Him gather pine nuts for his winter stash, Not knowing at the time that he Was sneaking in my roof to hide the cache. Evicting him was hard to do; He had, it seemed, the law upon his side. For using poison was taboo— I.e. Roast peanuts laced with cyanide. For every hole I blocked, he found Two others he could use to enter in. Holes in the eaves, holes in the ground, He was a break-in artist veteran. His midnight scratching drove me mad, His cleverness upset me all the more. I failed with every plan I had. It wasn’t just a nuisance, it was war! It took two months to win the fight. He chewed through wire mesh and steel wool Until I locked him out one night By stuffing foil into every hole. I won the war but to this day I’m wary of that squirrel who did me wrong. And though he now tucks nuts away And stores them in a tree where they belong I worry that he still recalls Those nuts he piled so neatly in a stack Behind my upstairs bedroom walls . . . And that he has a plan to get them back. James A. Tweedie is a recently retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He likes to walk on the beach with his wife. He has written and self-published four novels and a collection of short stories. He has several hundred unpublished poems tucked away in drawers.