Image by Tomie dePaola
A MARVELLOUS TAILGATER BLUESANELLE
For Jean at 9:58 p.m. Good Friday 2013
By Lewis Turco
Had we but world enough and time,
(A lot of world, a bit more time),
I'd likely waste it on a rhyme
Because I'd write a verse for you
Instead of making love to you.
Had we but world enough and time
I'd spread my foolscap on my desk,
Pull out my quill pen at that desk
And start to mull over a rhyme.
I'd leave you sitting on the bed,
Your negligee spread on the bed,
Had we but world enough and time −
But we do not, for time has passed
And almost all my verse is past −
I likely wasted it on rhyme.
Perhaps I should have been averse
To scribbling yet another verse
While we had world enough and time...,
But no. I'd waste them on a rhyme.
NOTE: Jean Turco, née Houdlette, grew up with Tomie as her only childhood playmate (no other children in the neighborhood) in Meriden, Connecticut. She appears in several of Tomie's "chapter books." Jean, Tomie, and Lewis were classmates in Meriden High School; Tomie was art editor of the yearbook, The Annual 1952 of which Lewis was co-editor. They have remained friends for a lifetime.
Image copyright © 2013 by Tomie dePaola;
Poem copyright © 2013 by Lewis Turco;
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