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The Early Poster Gets the Worm


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The Early Poster Gets the Worm

Post  tsukany on Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:31 pm

Consider the title and the final couplet, please.  (Line three is e.e.cummingslike -- intentional)

Celebration of a Day Job: A Farce
(22 Oct 2017)

The rumbling of the kitchen floor 
was the first clue they were in the ‘hood.  
The tonsoftruck fumbling diesel exhaust 

contrasted the cotton-ball skyline.  
I saw them grab the handle, whirl 
the basket around, press a lever,

and chin-follow my trash up into the crusher.  
A jerk on the lever returned the basket
to earth as JuJu’s #19 jersey sprinted 

to the side of the truck.  Then,  
like all good employees, the driver 
ran to the back of the truck, 

snuck behind the basket, 
peeked around its side 
until JuJu found him.  

They high-fived each other 
from the end zone 
before assuming their respective positions.  

On my drive to work 
with red-blue lights 
of a black-and-white flashing 

in my rearview mirror . . . 
I highlight this story 
from earlier this morning.

--T. A. Sukany  26 Oct 2017

Last edited by tsukany on Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:58 am; edited 1 time in total

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Re: The Early Poster Gets the Worm

Post  Karen on Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:41 am

Love:  ... tonsoftruck ... cotton-ball skyline ... chin-follow (!) ... JuJu's #19 jersey ... red-blue ... of a black-and-white ...

I would crop the title to Celebration of a Day Job.  

Gotta ask -- did you intend peaked or did you mean peeked?

I would leave everything else right where it is.  I love the subject.  All the ordinary events of this poem are elevated by the eye of the poet.  An accomplishment indeed.  

Thank you for this poem.

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Karen thanks

Post  tsukany on Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:58 am

oops!  Karen, thanks for the keen eye.



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Celebration of the Day Job

Post  Pat on Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:42 pm

I agree with Karen.  Farce not needed.

You allowed us to see every movement.  Reported what you saw.  Basketball game where they win!  Love it.  

What would you lose if you eliminated the last two stanzas???   You change the subject to you going to work.  

....positions can make a nice closer.  

Strong verbs here.  And I don't own vocabulary for these big trucks workings but you do.  I followed easily.

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