I am a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. Life in general and my grandchildren in particular inspire me to write. I especially enjoy writing—and reading—rhymed, metered poetry and mourn its near-demise. I get a real charge out of parodying the famous poems I taught my students—while keeping a perfectly straight face and assuring them that studying such noble literature would greatly enhance their lives. I stay busy with a variety of activities at home and church.
A Parody of Joyce Kilmer's "Trees"
I think that I shall always see
Mosquitoes coming after me.
These pests against my skin do press
Then bite and make a fast egress.
I lift my eyes to God all day
and plead with Him, "Take them away!"
Strong sprays in summer I must wear
Most places except eyes and hair.
Upon my skin itch cream I rub.
I have to buy it by the tub.
I try to make them leave me be,
But only God can make them flee.
©2016 Janice Canerdy