A Poetry Sporadical of Repeating Forms
His head is full of rare and useless facts
from doing crosswords in the Houston Chronicle
and gleaning trivia from almanacs.
Twelve-letter DNA is “mitochondrial”;
Cold Case files supply the proper terms
for doing crosswords in the Houston Chronicle.
Forensic evidence each night confirms
who killed the banker’s sexy secretary.
He’s lost the plot but memorized the terms.
His day is set; his routine doesn’t vary,
and by tomorrow night he won’t remember
who killed the banker’s sexy secretary,
although he saw it three times in September,
but when he wants a word that ends in L
for DNA tomorrow, he’ll remember.
He knows the hill where Boudica’s army fell;
his head is full of rare and useless facts.
The History Channel serves him very well,
along with trivia from almanacs.
Carol A. Taylor administers the online metrical workshop Poet & Critic and is the author of two chapbooks, Houston Skyline (2006) and Saving for the Future (2003). Carol has also served as Light Verse Editor for Bumbershoot, Umbrella’s lighter offshoot.