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RCL 09-03-2017 06:06 PM

Parodic Pastiche
A little place holder:

Skeeters and Lice

Some say my itch is caused by skeeters,
Some say by lice.
With skin destruction by those feeders
I think it just might be the skeeters.
But if I had to have bites twice,
I know enough of sneaky bugs
To bet that for mad itching lice
Are biting thugs
And might suffice.

Robert Frost, “Fire and Ice”

Douglas G. Brown 09-13-2017 09:03 PM

Will the ending be fire or ice?
The Frostian question is nice;
But the options, in personal terms,
Boil down to cremation or worms.

John Isbell 09-14-2017 03:07 AM

A nice distinction, in other words.

Erik Olson 09-14-2017 11:59 AM

Some say the world will end from Kim,
Some say from ISIS.
From what I hear of Jong-un’s whim
I hold with those who favor him.
But if it perished twice in crisis,
I know enough of maddened hate
To say that for destruction ISIS
Is also great
And sure suffices.

Aaron Novick 09-14-2017 12:08 PM

after Zhuangzi

You say you want me buried, when I die,
But I ask: why?
Why do you care who eats me, worms or dogs?
Do you hate dogs?

RCL 09-14-2017 12:37 PM

These are wonderful. Quick, make more before the ash or thaw! (Eric, quick, publish it! Poem of the Week at Light, by noon tomorrow.)

Fire burns
Ice freezes
As for ends
Frost teases


Frost teases
Ice freezes
Fire burns
By turns

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