by Geoffrey A. Landis
Doggerel and Nonsense Rhymes
(incense, and violent crimes
paid for with children's dimes;
Read it all in the Times.)
shoots the moon
and pops balloons.
for elaborate gestures
and invisible lace.
Insects and apple cores,
sunsets and turtle wars,
steeped all in wizard lore
something to see!
Peanuts and copper ore,
pine cones: at least a score,
yes, this and plenty more
comes all for free.
And On That Day
When the cows float gently in the breezes,
when all the mice chase frightened cats around
when the wide and warm Pacific freezes;
when the pregnant moon wears an ermine gown.
On that day I’ll love you so gently
and on that day I’ll love you true
on that day I’ll love forever
no one but you.
When the flowers blossom in the winter,
when the springtime rains fall upward to the sky
when gnarled oak trees migrate in the summer
the day young children forget to question, why?
Then I’ll give to you my promise
and stay forever by your side
but today the open road yet beckons
and the world is wide.
(Four Variations on a Theme)
Baby, seedy, iffy cheese
Eight chives shake, hay elemental peek
you arrest tea, you feed of balloon necks
Embassy de effigy,
Hijack a elm, no pea
double your axe, wisely.
Aching city ear of Jesus,
say jive vacate hell on entropy.
Cue our ass, tube free
trouble your ex-wife, see.
Eighty ziti, Eve is she,
hey, Jake, hail a eminent to pay.
Queer caress, steep movie,
tub of wax, wide sea.
Editor's note: "And On That Day" previously appeared in Star*Line.
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