Monday, August 12, 2019

Bananas Are a Bad Example

Of objects as nouns
That can hold up poems—
Twentieth-century jokes,
Sight gags from vaudeville,

Flicks, and musical reviews,
From cartoons and TV shows
To the one-liners printed 
High in The Paris Review.

Captive gorillas
Died from eating them.
(The objects, that is,
Not the nouns, although . . . Koko.)

Banana guns, boners, food,
What a century for fools.

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