Thursday, September 6, 2012

archy & mehitabel


warty bliggens the toad

i met a toad
the other day by the name 
of warty bliggens
he was sitting under
a toadstool
feeling contented
he explained that when the cosmos
was created
that toadstool was especially
planned for his personal
shelter from sun and rain
thought out and prepared
for him

do not tell me
said warty bliggens
that there is not a purpose
in the universe
the thought is blasphemy

a little more
conversation revealed
that warty bliggens
considers himself to be
the center of the said 
universe
the earth exists
to grow toadstools for him 
to sit under
the sun to give him light
by day and the moon 
and wheeling constellations
to make beautiful
the night for the sake of
warty bliggens

to what act of yours
do you impute
this interest on the part
of the creator
of the universe
i asked him
why is it that you
are so greatly favored

ask rather
said warty bliggens
what the universe
has done to deserve me
if i were a 
human being i would
not laugh
too complacently
at poor warty bliggens
for similar
absurdities
have only too often
lodged in the crinkles
of the human cerebrum
archy



































the lesson of the moth

i was talking to a moth
the other evening
he was trying to break into
an electric light bulb
and fry himself on the wires

why do you fellows
pull this stunt i asked him
because it is the conventional
thing for moths or why
if that had been an uncovered
candle instead of an electric
light bulb you would
now be a small unsightly cinder
have you no sense

plenty of it he answered
but at times we get tired
of using it
we get bored with the routine
and crave beauty
and excitement
fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy
for a moment
and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
so we wad all our life up
into one little roll
and then we shoot the roll
that is what life is for
it is better to be a part of beauty
for one instant and then cease to 
exist than to exist forever
and never be a part of beauty
our attitude toward life
is come easy go easy
we are like human beings
used to be before they became
too civilized to enjoy themselves

and before i could argue him
out of his philosophy
he went and immolated himself
on a patent cigar lighter
i do not agree with him
myself i would rather have
half the happiness and twice
the longevity

but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself
           archy



dear archy

you are the only cockroach
i ve ever written to
usually i just squash
roaches if i can
as quick as i can
but of course you are
no ordinary cockroach
the next moth i see
i will tell it to be
an artist
be an artist wherever and
however
it can
then it will be a part of beauty
and not get burned either
draw the fire
paint the fire
write a fire poem
or cook a magical meal
and eat it by candlelight
sing a song of
leaping orangey flame
carve a dragon candlestick
shape a clay dragon with
open maw for flames
to shoot out of
write a story about the fire
boring routine can always
be enlivened if you can
use your
imagination
                                joyce alice



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