10 October 2011

The Real, True Meaning of Love. This Time For Sure.

Author's Very Serious Note: 
     The National Enquirer recently printed a simply heartwringing true story, giving the details of a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled magician. It seems  the magician's young wife and assistant, "Bambi" (no, really...Bambi.) attended marriage counseling with Pastor Bob, a former former soap star. Bob  DID help the couple achieve closure. Unfortunately, Bob did that, by running off with  Bambi. 
The poignant note in this story, and the reason for the lawsuit, was this:
When they vamoosed, Bob and Bambi took with them-at least according to the details in the lawsuit--
the magician's--wait for it--
"Specially trained Kangaroo".
And so...a poem was born. Yes. Some things are so..so...well, amazing, that only Poetry can describe them. Deep, dark, heartwrenching poetry.

See below.
Thank you.

kangaroo doggerel: a plea

How could you do
This to me, who
Has loved you so long!
Oh the disaster!
You ran off with our pastor
And that’s not all too!
When you ran, 
you took my heart
My money; most expensive art;
turned my heart deep blue:
Was that you took-
You awful crook!-
You took
My Specially Trained

I see you now, you three-or two;
Just two, without the kangaroo
Or three, if you include him too;
Or four: my poor heart makes one more;
All of us-I mean all of you-
Are riding into a sunset, ooh.
Just you and him,
And me and you,
And a wellworn
And of course,
-That’s not a horse!
It’s way too cool:
it’s our specially trained
but-who knew? so cruel!-

Now I am not a bitter man,
But dear it does seem cruel;
After all that I looked past,
To  do this last thing too:


I forgave you
When you strayed with my best friend
My catchers’ mitt
A vat of organic peanut butter
Some Filipino acrobats
And a cockatoo-
I thought it was just an amour fou!

But now I know better
Since I got your letter.
It was a picture of You.
With Bob,
that swine with whom you flew,
And worst of all,
What hurts of all,
It’s true-
In the middle of the two
of You
is .... Jim:
My Extremely
Specially Trained,
And Ungrateful,

By Peri Lyons, The Poet Who Understands. -Sort of. 2011
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