Poets answer an age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Husbandry says “Stay safe
on this side of the street.”
But once in a while
a chicken will rise to her feet
(if she’s not met defeat)
and see that the other side
is reachable from here.
Now she comes near.
[Click here to read an excerpt from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney]
CHIMERA (Lion): What good is having
CHIMERA (Goat): 3 heads
CHIMERA (Snake): from a ssingle sspecies?
CERBERUS (1): One sees the living
CERBERUS (3): One sees the dead
CERBERUS (2): And one sees the souls in between.
CHIMERA (Snake): Sso essentially
CHIMERA (Goat): It’s for chasing
CHIMERA (Lion): Schrodinger’s Cat?
CERBERUS (1): Or, hear me out…
What if you removed
in the ship of Theseus
and replaced them with
from the ship of Sisyphus?
CERBERUS (3): Is this going somewhere?
CERBERUS (2): Obviously not.
click here to listen to “Sisyphus” by Andrew Bird. Just because.
Lesser-Known Mythical Waterfowl
- Ammut the Duckvourer
VERGIL: Here, Cerberus, with triple-throated roar, / Made all the region ring, and there he lay—
CERBERUS (1): Excuse me
CERBERUS (2): And me
CERBERUS (3): And me
CERBERUS: Our pronouns are
CERBERUS (1): They/
CERBERUS (2): Them/
CERBERUS (3): Their.
VERGIL: Here, Cerberus, with triple throated roar, / Made all the region ring, and there they lay.
CERBERUS: Good boy.
From “Helen” by H.D.
SOFIA (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
H.D. (caller): All Greece hates the still eyes in the white face.
SOFIA: Is the E.U. pushing austerity again? It worked so well the last time.
WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
OZYMANDIAS (caller): Look on my works, ye mighty , and DESPAIR!
WILLIAMS: I have eaten de spare that was in the icebox.
Any resemblance between Ozymandias and actual arrogant despots approaching irrelevancy is purely intentional.
JERRY (counselor): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
THE CURE (chorus): Human beings suffer
JERRY: Philosophers have written a great deal on the question of why people suffer.
THE CURE: They torture one another
JERRY: That is one reason.
Excerpted from The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney.