Thursday, November 13, 2014


Once my father saw a headline saying
"MADMAN BUYS THEATRE" and immediately
Set his heart upon seeing the strange and brilliant things
The madman would produce. He was disappointed
When it turned out he had misread "Mayman."
As long as I have known anything
I have known this story and some of the plays
My father's madman might have booked.
Only tonight, though, has my friend Jane
Given me the clue to how the mistake happened.
It was very shortly after World War Two
And labor was still in short supply. It is no surprise
That when the muse meant to inspire my father
Did not turn up for work a moose
Was hastily sent in her place. He did his best.

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