If Birds Had Teeth…


HELLO GENTLE READERS,

After nearly 1.4 million readers in over 80 countries, we here at TV’s Weblog are going to try something new. Serious poetry. We’ve written songs (even had some recorded), short stories, articles, Dr. Suess parodies and all sorts of nonsense, but never poetry. Please, as you read this, remember we’re Baby Boomers. 

IF BIRDS HAD TEETH:

If birds had teeth, I’d be afraid,

I wouldn’t go outdoors.

I’d peek out through curtains,

And crawl along the floors.

If birds had teeth, they’d eat the cats

and bully dogs and bears.

Tigers would all tremble,

in their jungle lairs.

If birds had teeth, we boomers would

cry and shout and scream.

Is this just a flashback,

Or is this a dream?

Remember, we’re Baby Boomers. We don’t have childhood memories-we have flashbacks!

Tom and LaVerna Vickers

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  1. What goals do modern poets have? At least during the Viet Nam War, poets wrote antiwar poems and marched. I was among the 225,000 anti-Viet Nam War marchers in 1969, when Nixon watched football in a White House surrounded by a protective ring of buses. A former student of mine, Danae Walczak, contacted me not long ago to remember that march. Why have there been no major demonstrations against Afghanistan, when our government can’t even say why we’re there? As a Korean War veteran in the Washington march, my goal was to get our guys home. In August 2012, a young marine, murdered by one of our “Afghan allies” did come home—in a casket. The turnout for his funeral was enormous, with hundreds lining highways and bridges. How many poets will be concerned enough to write poems? Or will they be too busy entering contests and seeking easy recognition?


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