Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DMC: "Another Poem About A Ditty" by Jane Yolen




ANOTHER POEM ABOUT A DITTY

It’s an ear worm,
A stitch
It’s a son
of an itch
It won’t leave you alone
For a minute.

You hear it
And then
It repeats
Once again,
It’s a dittyable
Pitiable
Sin—it

Makes you feel
Foolish
And yet somewhat
Coolish
Restating it
Gives you a
Rise.

So you keep
On repeating
Your heart
Faster beating,
Each word in it
Now
A surprise.

It’s surely an itch
You continue
to scratch
Till the blood
That you draw
Drowns the room.

And I tell you
That ditty,
Small, wicked
(not pretty)
will surely
lead you
to your doom.

© 2016 Jane Yolen. All rights reserved.



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10 comments:

  1. Love! And, I get so much inspiration from her daily sharing of poems of so many styles and topics and forms. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Is it terrible, Jane, that this ditty reminds me of the movie TREMORS with Kevin Bacon? LOL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5e3qoREpuA

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  3. I never get tired of (the (first) TREMORS.

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  4. I agree on the first Tremors.

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  5. I used to own Tremors on VHS, it was the height of ridiculousness, but still completely enjoyable.

    I find an earworm maddening, but I hope never to feel that way about a ditty!

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  6. Very clever. Now I need to see Tremors :-)!

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  7. Or at least it will lead to a headache! Fun to read this one aloud!

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  8. Ah, that is a clever one. Thanks, Jane!

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  9. Loved your ditty poem, Jane. It amuses me no end!

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  10. What a hoot from Jane Yolen,
    this "Another Poem About a Ditty"

    "It's a son of
    an itch.."

    So witty!

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