John Ciardi at 100

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John Ciardi, author of funny poetry books like The Reason for the Pelican, Doodle Soup, Fast and Slow, and Mummy Took Cooking Lessons, was born 100 years ago.  Here’s a sample of his poetry that seems perfectly suited to an election year:

 

We all have thought a lot about you by John Ciardi

Two hundred twenty thousand, five hundred twenty-three
Registered local voters (well, yes, including me)
Were asked to vote in secret on what to do with you.
Two hundred twenty thousand five hundred twenty-two
Voted to put you in a cage and throw away the key.

That isn’t quite unanimous, but I think you will agree
That as a test of sentiment their vote will surely do
To indicate what seems to be a rather general view
Shared by the mayor, the aldermen, your teachers, the police,
The deputy dog-catcher, the man who makes the keys,
The man who makes the cages, and the keeper of the zoo.
You might say everyone in town–no, that’s not strictly true–
But almost everyone in town takes a dim view of you.

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