Happy (?) tax day, 2021
COUNSELOR: Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
T.S. ELIOT (caller): April is the cruelest month.
COUNSELOR: It’s May, this year.*
*Please forgive the reused cartoon and shoddy edit; I just finished filing my taxes and it’s all the energy I have left.
ROSIE (COUNSELOR): Poetry Crisis Line, what is your emergency?
J. ALFRED PRUFROCK: Should I part my hair behind?
ROSIE: What you do with your behind in private is your business. No matter how hairy it is.
PRUFROCK: Do I dare to eat a peach?
ROSIE: Wash your hands first.
PRUFROCK: I shall wear white flannel trousers and walk upon the beach.
ROSIE: If it makes you comfortable. But don’t be ashamed of your hairy behind.
Read the original here. Or check out this exquisite illustrated version by Julian Peters.
From “Ash Wednesday” by T. S. Eliot
Happy 131st birthday to T.S. Eliot!
I realize that what I should be
is ragged claws under the sea:
I can’t get a date
and it’s getting late
and the mermaids aren’t talking to me.
A pig and a frog do not usually mate,
But once in a while they go on a date–
After all, they’re accustomed to staying up late
From working together on network TV
That anyone raised in the ‘80s might see
(And green’s not the easiest color to be),
So they go to the clubs ‘til a quarter to three,
hop hop hop hop
hop hop HOP HOP
And neither one wishes the evening would stop.