Lost Fork Turns Up In The Jug

I couldn’t understand
school

... couldn’t get the hang of it.

I was a bit...backward.

Couldn’t spell Mississippi
to save my life.

Tripped up over all those s’s...how many p’s?

Always terrified
Satan would emerge in a sheet of sulphuric flame:

“Can’t spell Mississippi...ha! ”
and drag me down to Hell.

Why did anyone want to spell Mississippi for?

But I could spell it
(sdrawkcab)
...backwards.

Ip-pis-sis-sim!

Or my name
even

Llanod Yespmed.

I could dream...
but they never taught us to in school

Just boring stuff
like you should never ever
split an infinitive

(like why...would you die)

or

that 1 & 1
is always
2
... when I knew that wasn’t always
true!


(for Miss Treat)

by Dónall Dempsey

Comments (1)

How very funny and lovely, and Mississippi is spelled: M i CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER, i CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER, i HUMPBACK, HUMPBACK i ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! And that is how you remember to spell M i SS i SS i PP i TTELRACS TAERT, HTiW EVOL