The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #823
(Week of 9 December, 2012)

A few words about the appreciation of appreciation.

An Ugly Thing

Prominent beside the road, there sits an ugly thing
Resonant with nausea and flapping rotten wings
Its colors clash with decency, its angles jab the soul
The slime of its disgusting parts is greater than the whole

Eyesore! Blight! Affliction! Pestilence! Atrocity!
Blasphemy that nobody should ever have to see
Bubbling with moral stance and bitter disapproval
I drafted a petition for immediate removal

But then a fellow came along who seemed to like the thing
He stood upon the sidewalk and he soon began to sing
A song about a nauseating rotten pointy creature
Its tantalizing slime and other captivating features

He stood before the ugly thing and loudly serenaded
I found that my revulsion somehow wallowed, then abated
Although his admiration made no kind of sense to me
The ugly thing was coated by his unrestricted glee

And that's when I abandoned my unsightly righteous mission
I promptly marched to city hall and tore up my petition
And now I sometimes go and sit beside the ugly thing
Because the man will be there and I like to hear him sing

Copyright © 2012 by Dave Grossman

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