Curse Of The Corn Dog — A Poem

Yesterday, Michele Bachmann ended her campaign after a bad showing in Iowa.  In reality, she was doomed as soon as she violated a cardinal rule of politics — she was photographed eating a corn dog.  It’s no surprise that Rick Perry, who also has violated that rule, has struggled to attract votes, too.

I’m sure Bachmann rues the day she was tempted by the fatal foodstuff.  In recognition of the end of her campaign, I composed the following verse:

Curse Of The Corn Dog

O!  Curs’d dog, covered in corn

I ate you once, now I’m forlorn

My photograph, with mouth agape,

Became the stuff of cruel jape

The image stuck, was not forgotten

And led to thoughts much misbegotten

I broke the rule of campaign decorum

If only I had been Santorum!

From Grandpa’s Bookshelf: A Noble Horse

Not everything that I’ve inherited from Grandpa Neal’s bookshelf is a book.  Like most of us, his bookshelf also contained pictures, knick-knacks, souvenirs, and other stray items — including a striking metal horse.

I don’t know much about this horse, except that it is a beautiful little piece — about eight inches high and eight inches long, from the tip of the horse’s head to the end of its tail.  The horse has been expertly cast and appears to be made of bronze; it stands, nobly, on a plain pedestal of off-white marble.  Unfortunately, there are no markings of any kind on the marble or the horse that identify where it was made, when, or by whom.

Perhaps Grandpa had an affinity for horses.  He grew up in a rural area, in an era before automobiles, and may have ridden horses as part of his chores.  Or perhaps he was given this horse as a work-related present and kept it at his office.  He may have considered it to be some kind of good luck token; the metal on the horse’s back and belly seems to have been rubbed more frequently than the rest.

I look at this horse, and I think that I would like to know its back story — but I almost certainly never will.  In the meantime, I’ll just appreciate it, and think of Grandpa as I do.

From Grandpa’s Bookshelf:  Optimism Amidst The Great Depression

From Grandpa’s Bookshelf:  Grandma’s Book Of Sayings