Monday, May 13, 2013

The late poet

Graphic by James Hance

So last month -- about two months ago, actually -- I was asked by the fine folks at ChiZine to contribute a piece of bad genre poetry for their "Shitty Poetry Month." Since my total experience of poetry in the last five years has been what I read to Leo and Miles, I quickly came up with a travesty of a beloved children's classic and sent it off.

Well... today I realized that for whatever reason the poem never saw the light of day on the ChiZine site, so with all apologies to A.A. Milne, here is "Coruscant Palace."


They're changing the guard at Coruscant Palace
Leia Organa went down with Alice
Alice is marrying an Imperial Guard
"A stormtrooper's life is terrible hard,"
                    Says Alice

They're changing the guard at Coruscant Palace
Leia Organa went down with Alice
The stormtroopers chased off a crazy old hermit
"One of the sergeants looks after their helmets,"
                    Says Alice.

They're changing the guard at Coruscant Palace
Leia Organa went down with Alice
We looked for the Emperor but he never came
"Well, the Force be with him, all the same,"
                    Says Alice.

They're changing the guard at Coruscant Palace
Leia Organa went down with Alice
The Emperor says he's dissolving the Senate
"I wouldn't be Emperor for a thousand credits,"
                    Says Alice.

They're changing the guard at Coruscant Palace
Leia Organa went down with Alice
A face looked out, but it wasn't the Emperor's
"He's much too busy a-building the Death Star,"
                    Says Alice.

They're changing the guard at Coruscant Palace
Leia Organa went down with Alice
"Do you think Lord Vader knows about me?"
"Sure to, dear, but it's time for tea,"
                    Says Alice.

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