A Pit Bull on the Pant Leg of Opportunity

I hadn’t planned on contributing to the “Poem on Your Blog Day” to honor the end of National Poetry Month, in part because so many other bloggers had contributed so many wonderful poems:

  • From The Salt-Box, Jason points to T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding.”
  • Liliputian Lilith offers two poems by Hungarian poet, Agnes Nemes-Nagy.
  • Clancy links to “Parsley” by Rita Dove (who gave a wonderful reading at Georgia Tech last year) and “Spelling” by Margaret Atwood.
  • George promotes the work of one of his colleagues, Michelle Boisseau.
  • Weez presents a few poems by Chan McKenzie
  • And, finally, from scribblingwoman we get “The Wife’s Lament.”

My contribution is somewhat different than the rest of these poems, but I have a strong affinity for “found poetry,” and while doing some research this afternoon, I came across Richard Thompson’s “Make the Pie Higher,” an arrangement of George W. Bush quotations into a poem. In the same spirit, I’ll also link to William Gillespie’s Newspoetry.

I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses.

Rarely is the question asked
“Is our children learning?”
“Will the highways of the Internet become more few?”
“Do you have Blacks in Brazil?”
“Why don’t the French have a word for ‘entrepreneur’?”

How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pant leg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.

Families is where our nation finds hope,
where our wings take dream.

Put food on your family!
Knock down the toll booth!
Make the economy gooder!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!

3 Comments »

  1. mjones Said,

    April 30, 2004 @ 5:20 pm

    Oh, you made me spit my drink of water on the keyboard!

  2. chuck Said,

    May 3, 2004 @ 2:04 am

    Glad you enjoyed the poem. Hope your keyboard isn’t ruined!

  3. samantha Said,

    June 3, 2004 @ 11:45 am

    This is great. Im in school. I needed some entertainment and something to let me know it is not in vain.

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