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Outhouse Blues

Once upon an outhouse dreary, while I strained there, lank and leery
of creatures scary down beneath the privy floor--
As my veins were close to popping, suddenly there came a whopping
rush of air, but nothing dropping, dropping from my nethers sore,
“'Tis but a sputter", I then muttered, “popping like the thunder's roar--
only this and nothing more!”

Ah, distinctly I remember - it was in a warm September;
for bath tissue I dismembered - a flyer issued by the store.
Eagerly I wished for passing - that which had been amassing
in my numbles far surpassing - any grumbles heretofore 
A gassing foul and shameless to deplore
Nameless here for evermore

Then, methought the air grew smelly, perfumed from my askew belly
The fumes of curry from the deli, like the breath of Balthazor 
“Wretch,” I cried, “as God hath bent me—by what devils hath he sent thee?
Respite – respite! No more! Some forthright output,  I implore!
Purge, oh purge this burning urge I'm yearning for!”
Shall I potty... Nevermore?

August 23, 2015
With apologies to EAP

Copyright © Roy Jerden


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  1. Date: 10/24/2015 12:19:00 PM

    Hi Roy: A tastefully distasteful poem. I love how you have fun with fecal matter. but no matter.
  1. Date: 9/26/2015 3:59:00 PM

    This was written with such humor and flair that it made a distasteful subject enjoyable. I immediately recognized the style of Mr. Poe, as I had not read your reference to him below. This poem was so cleverly composed! I look forward to reading your next post Roy. I hope you are well. Blessings, Connie
  1. Date: 9/22/2015 9:02:00 AM

    Edgar Allen Poe probably would have laughted with you..I am having the upset stomach blues today for some reason..Thanks for the honor of placing in your contest..Sara
  1. Date: 9/21/2015 4:41:00 PM

    Roy, so funny and wonderfully penned and I want to thank you so much for my fine placement your contest, Everyone Poops, that was a lot of fun . . .
  1. Date: 8/25/2015 3:45:00 PM

    hahaha. Thanks for calling our attention to this one at the blog. AWESOME parody!
  1. Date: 8/23/2015 12:56:00 PM

    Potty on! Truly enjoyed the format though the subject stank. Kidding... CayCay
  1. Date: 8/23/2015 12:42:00 PM

    I love your sense of humour Roy - this made me laugh out loud - great poop poem:-) hugs Jan xx