Wednesday, November 18, 2009

PPE (Poetic Party Entertainment)

When I was in high school, my AP English teacher said many quotable things. But one, in particular, was that it was always good to have a poem or two under your belt for parties. Whip one of those out, and you'll be the belle of the ball -- with all around awed by your wit, grace, intelligence, and charm. So we were required to memorize this poem, which I still remember pretty well. (I didn't look it up, so you could go compare.)

Loveliest of Trees
by A.E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again.
And take from seventy springs a score,
That only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodland I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

Were you in rapture? I know. I know. You should see me do it IN PERSON! (Actually, I'm certain I'll be too wimpy to recite it for you.)

Here is my other party entertainment option:

Could Have Been Worse
by Bill Dodds

My friends have not seen London;
They've never been to France.
But yesterday at recess,
They saw my underpants!

I kicked a ball, my skirt flew up,
And I know what they all saw.
The girls all stared and blushed and laughed,
The boys said, "Oo la la!"

I've thought a lot about it,
And this conclusion I have drawn:
I'm embarrassed that they saw them,
But I'm glad I had them on.

What's your vote on my party entertainment? Do YOU have a poem handy?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Freshening beads? I'm in.

Kind of wish I had one of these right now. Really, I get that it's wasteful and American consumer-ish, but I just really like brushing my teeth. So much better than gum.