Friday, January 18, 2008


Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe

Wrecked castaway
On lonely strand
Works hard all day
To tame the land,
Takes time to pray;
Makes clothes by hand

For eighteen years
His skill he plies,
Then lo! A footprint
He espies--
"Thank God it's Friday!"
Crusoe cries.

Take heart from his
Example, chums:
Work hard, produce;
Complete your sums;
Friday comes.

Maurice Sagoff

'Cause it's Friday, and I have the weekend off, for once. I love parodies and poems that allude to other poems or books. There's plenty of light verse to come, because poetry doesn't have to be serious all the time. My last post notwithstanding, I laugh a whole lot more than I cry.

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