Poets Answer an Age-Old Question (part 6)

Happy birthday to Theodore Roethke, who would have turned 112 on Monday, had it not been Memorial Day. Uh, I mean, had it not been for his untimely death in 1963. Except that, you know, a timely death would have caught up with him by now.

 

Poets answer an age-old question
Why did the chicken cross the road?

Theodore Roethke:
I cross the road, but take the crossing slow,
But don’t ask why—for now I do not know.
(I learn by going where I have to go.)

Salvador Dalí, Sketch Artist (page 1 of 4)

So…I don’t boast about it much, but posting the Poetry Crisis Line twice a week requires an encyclopedic knowledge of poetry. Or an Internet connection. I have one of these things.

Apparently, though, I sometimes forget which one. So when I found out May 11 was Salvador Dalí’s 116th birthday and Irving Berlin’s 132nd, I figured I’d honor both of them, and I sketched out a 4-page script before finding out that the lyricist for The Wizard of Oz was Harold Arlen.