The Emporium Gazette
Issue 13 -- May 2000
by Bob Nailor
Poetry usually gets a bad rap. It's boring, tedious, dull, dreaded, and downright yucky. Some would rather shove bamboo splits under their nails, receive a lobotomy, or slash their wrists than be subjected to poetry.
Nonetheless, poetry can be fun.
How, you ask? Simple. Take the following mathematical poem written by Jon Saxton, an author of math textbooks.
((12 + 144 + 20 + (3 * 4^(1/2))) / 7) + (5 * 11) = 9^2 + 0
Yes, it IS a poem. If read properly, it will rhyme. For those who can't figure it out...the answer will be found at the bottom of this article. I don't think I'd dare force you to wait until the next issue of Poetry World. I'll give you a hint, 12 is read as "a dozen" and my apologies if you were actually attempting to figure it out.
How about the following? Another way to play with poetry.
THE 4SAKN POET
You say the above poems didn't bring a smile to your face? What if I were to mention limerics? See? A secret smile blossomed as you remembered some risque ditty. I won't subject you to limerics... this issue!
During my English and Lit classes, poetry was often expounded upon by the instructor. And I dreaded it! I attempted the "deep" style, but found that my spirit was too light to be bogged down in such. Speaking with others, I've come to discover that I'm not the only person who found a lighter side. Poetry can be light-hearted and still have a meaning. Samantha Adley, a screenwriter who is also a serious poet, submitted the following as a class assignment.
Needless to say, her instructor was not amused. He accused her of taking light on poetry and mocking it. Like any good rebel, she took exception and submitted a similar poem for her next assignment.
Poetry can place us in front of a mirror, for there is the real humor. Man is the only creature on earth who can laugh, ridicule, and make fun of itself. Poetry can also do this. The following are great examples, one by a master, Ogden Nash, who has made us laugh at ourselves by showing us, us! The other is by that great unknown, Anonymous.
The People Upstairs
Personally, I think the imagery is fantastic within those poems. Did you smile?
We can laugh at ourselves. We can make fun of ourselves. Again, Samantha Adley shows us how.
THE PROCESS OF UNEATING
I hope that I've shown you that poetry can be fun. There are many examples if you but give yourself a chance to look.
Oh, before I forget. Here's the answer to the mathematical poem from above. Enjoy.
Poetry can be fun and I welcome anyone to send me submissions for inclusion in Poetry World. Of course, I will accept the "dreaded" deep thought provoking ones, too! As I hit the highway in search of more poetry, I leave you with these departing words from Ogden Nash's 1933 "Happy Days" Song of the Road.
I think that I shall never see
Bob Nailor is author of "The Secret Voice," an Amish-Christian story, "Pangaea, Eden Lost," an adventure story, "Three Steps: The Journeys of Ayrold," a Celtic fantasy, and "2012: Timeline Apocalypse," an end-of-time tale. He is also included in several anthologies and collections. Check his website at www.bobnailor.com
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