light verse by Joyce LaMers

January 26: Joyce LaMers

friday on Saturday at the Bell Arts Factory
432 N. Ventura Avenue – Ventura
last Saturday of the month 7:30pm
host: friday
Open Mic

SURE SHOT
Dick Cheney shoots quail
With an aim that can’t fail,
But he sure pulled a boner
When he shot that big donor.

Joyce La Mers

PANTOUM


“ArtLife is still here because of you and your devotion
to the obscure and enlightening work we all do.”
–Phil Taggart, in an e-mail to local poets

The work is obscure and enlightening
And yet it’s what poets all do,
A concept that’s just a bit frightening
Because it is terribly true.
And yet it’s what poets all do
In spite of the pay, which is minimal,
Because it is terribly true
That letting one starve is not criminal.

In spite of the pay, which is minimal,
A poet is sworn to speak truth,
And letting one starve is not criminal
Though it might be considered uncouth.

A poet is sworn to speak truth
So let the chips fall where they may,
Though it might be considered uncouth
To listen to what poets may say.

So let the chips fall where they may
On work both obscure and enlightening.
Who listens to what poets say?
What a concept! That really is frightening!

Joyce La Mers

Joyce LaMers is the queen of light verse and has been a force in mid-coast poetry for many years. She’s a treasure and always gives a not-to-miss reading.
Future Readings:

February 23: Holaday Mason
March 29: Roe Estep
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