The Letter

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By a hydrant where a postman
dropped a letter on the ground,
sat a vagrant being vagrant
when the letter fluttered down.

On the battered, buttered vagrant
dropped the letter falling down,
but the vagrant only muttered
and the postman kept his round.

Now a vagrant and a letter
are both vagrant on the ground
by a noble fire hydrant
that the postman steps around,

and the vagrant often mutters
of such matters that astound,
but the letter knowing better
only flutters up and down.

 

First published in Mostly Maine.

 

Discussion

“The Letter” comes with a deep “Puss in Boots” bow and sweep of the hat to all the great children’s poetry and prose that we have inherited. They say many older children’s poems had hidden meaning, now largely forgotten. “The Letter” jump starts the process by starting out life with no hidden meaning whatsoever. It is simply meant to be listened to and enjoyed.

Below is a word design or concrete poem that is not meant to be listened to at all, but is meant to be seen and enjoyed. Just as “The Letter” is a bit of nonsense poetry, “oNo” is a bit of nonsense word art. Creative nonsense is essential to my happiness. Of course, some may prefer science, mathematics or diplomacy. From what I can figure out from quantum physics and the Trump administration, it all comes together in the end.

 

"oNo" - a word design by Mike Smetzer

“oNo” – a word design. Offered here as a emblem for the year 2017.

 

First published in Phoebus.

 

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