In the middle of packing up my home office for our upcoming move, I found several binders with work from my graduate school days at George Mason University—including the course Forms of Poetry, led by Peter Klappert. Of all the courses I took at Mason, I believe I learned the most from Peter’s classes; each week was some new burst of knowledge or shift in perspective.
Just for fun, here are my “experiments” for our section on “light verse.” Hope you enjoy!
Epigram: Middle East Fashion Report
The sword is mightier than the pen.
Diplomacy’s out, and missiles are in.
Epigram: Hungry for Love
If love is neither meat nor drink,
Can chasteness be cured by sausage links?
But cravings persist, if I woo or behave —
Oh why can’t love be microwaved?
Clerihew: A Seductive Snack with Ms. Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Wouldn’t trade love for Chick-Fil-A.
But for a sonnet,
She’d give her breast or thigh for you to feast upon it.
Limerick: In the Studio
There was a musician from Fairfax
Who mastered both trumpet and bass sax.
When he practiced the drums,
He came up all thumbs,
So he stuck with the brass when they laid tracks.
Double Dactyl: Legacy
Dusted off Dad and then
Fluffed Mom’s wazoo.
Sophocles wrote it but
Freud made it bothersome:
Your eyes ache too.