A seventh-grader named Wayne left a comment on my blog Thursday night. He’s writing a report on me for school and wanted to know how I started writing poems. I’ve gotten a handful of such requests from kids over the years and they always make me smile.
Here I am, just a regular Joe, sitting at my laptop, unshaven, in a T-shirt and sweat pants, pounding out whatever copy I can to pay the bills. But because my name is in Kids Pick the Funniest Poems attached to a handful of goofy poems, to a generation of kids I’m a dapper poet laureate in a smoking jacket, relaxing in an overstuffed leather chair at an exclusive men’s club, lifting a glass of sherry and trading witticisms with the likes of John Keats and Robert Frost. Love it!
I know that when I was a kid, if an author I admired had responded to a letter from me with a few kind words in a brief note, I would have whooped and hollered and run around the yard in circles until I passed out from joyous exhaustion. So I always enjoy responding to kids right away and helping them with their reports however I can.
In responding to Wayne’s note, I thought back to all the silly song parodies I had written in grade school. I would sit at the counter that separated our kitchen and family room and painstakingly type out my own versions of Snoopy and the Red Baron and Strangers in the Night on an old manual typewriter that would be in the Smithsonian today. I still have the little book of songs I so meticulously assembled and stapled together.
But I also liked to write more serious things. I remember writing My Pet for an assignment in Mrs. Hunter’s fifth-grade class. I got an A, and my parents proudly shared it with some of their friends. My Pet was an ode to the final hours of one of my beloved pet chameleons. I still remember checking on Mickey as he lay motionless in his cage, his shallow breaths finally giving way to silence.
My pet was dying.
He could not make a sound,
Except for the thump-thump-thump
Of his heart,
And the gasping of air.
He could not move, he just lay there,
We tried to warm him, feed him,
We tried to get him to drink,
But he would not.
He would just lay there, slowly,
We just sat there, trying to bear
The sight of him.
We tried to help him again,
But he would lay there,
Still gasping for air,
In his terrible misery.
The minutes passed,
One minute, two minutes.
I could not look,
I could not bear it.
I went out of the room,
Not caring to look.
Minutes later I came back,
And there he lay.
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