The Mostly Ignored Rant of the Contest Judge
I set a contest carefully
called ‘Write about something from under the sea’ -
an octopus or a manta ray!
“A manta ray? What’s that you say?
No, no, I’m absolutely sure
that I’ve written something you’ll like even more...
It’s about my father! Very dark!”
Sure! Throw it on in... IF YOUR FATHER’S A SHARK!
I asked all entrants to keep it short
to showcase their skill at distilling a thought -
a poem that buzzes with brevity!
“What? Brevity? That’s not for me!
You see, you cannot cap my art
for I have so much that I wish to impart...
I’ll write you a fabulous epic instead!”
Sure! Throw it on in... if you don’t want it read!
I asked everybody to left align
(If you format it “your way”, you may as well sign),
and not to write about Trump, or God!
“No Trump, no God? That’s very odd!
See, I have to show how much I love
the Tweeter-in-Chief and the Lord above!
Now I’ll centre it - there! (So it doesn’t look plain)”
Sure! Throw it on in... AND DRIVE ME INSANE!
17 July 2019
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