This is what happens when I'm given a character voice to write from--one that's outside my normal comfort zone--by a guy who edits Trailer Park Quarterly, the sort of literary mag your mother would pin to the fridge if you were in it. For real.
I was assigned "Really Bad Poet."
I'm not even going to try to read anything into that. I am all ego, you guys.
The Greenest Blade
The blade of grass most long and green
Was greener on than e'er had been
The greenest blade I'd ever seen
'Twas greener than a French green bean!
I write this for my dude, Springsteen--
Who wore them really tight blue jeans.
That was a real creative stretch, let me tell you.