"Self-portrait of the Artist in the Guise of a Mocker" by Joseph Ducreux‘Allgibberish’ and Other Poetry by Phil S. Rogers The Society September 2, 2021 Culture, Humor, Poetry 9 Comments . Allgibberish (I Saw a Man Who Wasn’t There) after “Antigonish” (“I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There”) by William Hughes Mearns Yesterday in great despair, I saw a man who wasn’t there. He’s on the news again today, oh how I wish he’d go away. This afternoon at ten to three his face was here on my TV. He sat there in an office chair mumbling with a vacant stare. Go away, go away, your beliefs are not what I’m about. Go away, go away, your minds confused; I want you out. A living puppet used at length To sap our constitution’s strength, To turn our country upside down. An addlepated rambling clown— He’s here each day, I must beware, the mixed up man who is not there. I know, I know, that I must pray that someday soon he’ll go away. . . How to Cook an Armadillo I stopped a man to question him on a street in Amarillo. I said, “Sir, could you please tell me how to cook an armadillo.” “Aha,” said he, and looked at me, “you must barbecue with willow.” I asked a woman passing by how she’d cook the armadillo. “Age it for days,” was her reply, “keep it underneath your pillow, and for the ultimate repast, it must be served with Grillo.” Another man came up to me, claimed it made good picadillo. “Cook outside on an open fire, let the brown and black smoke billow.” I believe they were not honest, just a little pecadillo. . . Phil S. Rogers is a sixth generation Vermonter, age 72, now retired, and living in Texas. He served in the United States Air Force and had a career in real estate and banking. He previously published Everlasting Glory, a historical work that tells the story of each of the men from Vermont that was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor during the Civil War. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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) 9 Responses Paul W Erlandson September 2, 2021 Phil, I really like these whimsical offerings. In some places, they remind me of the verse of John Updike. Nice job! Reply jd September 2, 2021 I enjoyed both poems. Thank you! Reply Cynthia Erlandson September 2, 2021 It was a pleasure to read this clever humor this morning! Reply Joe Tessitore September 2, 2021 These are brilliant, and not a little bit happy! So many rhymes with armadillo! Reply C.B. Anderson September 2, 2021 Nice stuff, Phil. I’m a bit tickled. Reply Allegra Silberstein September 2, 2021 Thank you for a lovely laugh…great way to begin the day…Allegra Reply Jeff Eardley September 2, 2021 Great stuff Phil and very funny. I love the “Addlepated rambling clown” Now who could that refer to, I wonder? We rarely see Armadillos in England, but when we do, people often ask, “Why the long face?” Reply Sally Cook September 2, 2021 You have a great sense of humor! Thanks. Reply Paul Freeman September 4, 2021 Gibberishness, indeedy. Thanks for the reads – and the instructions on cooking an armadillo. 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.