Painting by Norman Rockwell‘Battle of the Bib’ and Other Poetry by Peter Venable The Society April 3, 2020 Culture, Humor, Poetry 1 Comment Battle of the Bib Emma was wearing a new autumn dress. Papa snapped on her bib, to prevent a mess— oatmeal was planned at her special request But a tranquil breakfast was not to be. She waved her teaspoon like a machete And yanked at the bib to unsnap it free . . . Screaming, crying, she blustered a Bronx cheer As tears, mucus and spit sprayed Papa dear; His glasses were filmed with fluid veneer Then she balled the bib in a plastic wad. Papa looked up: Is this the wrath of God? He lost any pretense of poised façade: “WEAR YOUR BIB” as he snatched her oatmeal. (By now it was cold, lumpy, and congealed). “Ok, Papa” concluded this ordeal. The dress was made pristine, no oatmeal mess, And Emma consented to his caress But when he reached for a clip-on hair bow, The scuffle began: Battle of the Bow. Not Amusing The measured words of poetry Rise round the mystic sphere, Sift through the dirt or sing divine— Refrains that soothe or sear. But now the stanzas halt and freeze: Eternity is stilled— The dog looks guilty at the door . . . The poet’s muse is chilled. Goodbye “the crescent in the sky Reaps a murder of crows.” Holding his breath, he scoops the mess As the muse holds her nose. Dark “Matter?” Dark Mind? As galaxies outwardly swing, The “mystery mass” is the thing: They thought it was gravity But All is a cavity— So Physics was left holding strings. Peter Venable has been writing poetry for 50 years. He has been published in Windhover, Third Wednesday, Time of Singing, The Merton Seasonal, American Vendantist, The Anglican Theological Review, and others. He is a member of the Winston Salem Writers. On the whimsical side, he has been published in Bluepepper, Parody, Laughing Dog, The Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online (e. g. # 48) and The Society Of Classical Poets. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) One Response C.B. Anderson April 3, 2020 A bit inchoate, is how I read these. No matter, be it light or dark. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour 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.