Traffic circle in Rome, Italy (photo)‘Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road’ by Stephen D. Hagerman The Society September 3, 2019 Culture, Humor, Poetry 2 Comments (Anapestic trimeter, in the vein of Edward Lear) On June 19, 2007, an official presentation took place of the document “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road,” published by the Pontifical Council concerning self-control when stuck in traffic. Now Driving can be an ordeal; lord knows there are nuts on the road. Do Papal decrees at the wheel ensure that you’ll reach your abode? I’ll gladly admit I’ve been frightened and said, “holy mother!” at times, but don’t see truck drivers enlightened by making road rules holy crimes. I can’t find good sense in all this; the Pope’s deemed bad driving a sin. If God wants to gorge the abyss cartels are the place to begin. Mr. Hagerman is a retired Vietnam Veteran, with a college education. He’s been published in Cowboy Poetry Magazine, site anthologies, and currently has a poem in Neologism Poetry Journal. He has been writing poetry for many years and does not limit his art to any particular form, or type. Stephen is currently living in the Great Northwest, he has been accused of having a self-confidence and wit that can be unnerving. 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 2 Responses C.B. Anderson September 5, 2019 So Stephen, Your poem was quite funny and endearingly poignant, but I noticed that every line began with an iamb. In light verse this type of substitution is perfectly regular, and the lines will be interpreted by some as amphibrachic, though the final anapest puts that analysis in doubt. I assume that you knew what you were doing, and I would like you to tell me what your actual plan was in terms of meter. By the way, converting iambs into anapests is fairly easy. For instance, line 1 could begin “Urban driving” and line 2 with “the lord knows,” and so forth. The overarching point is that meter is a tool, not a kind of shackle. Reply Stephen Hagerman September 9, 2019 Mr. Anderson you are correct. Each line begins with an iamb, as does much of Edward Lear’s poetry. This is part of the structure of a limerick. Perhaps you didn’t see the line that tops this post. “(Anapestic trimeter, in the vein of Edward Lear)” 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.