Tuesday, June 16, 2015


The Shadow made a list when he was nine
Of things he wanted to know as did his friend
The Evil That Lurks in the Hearts of Men.
First on his list was the Latin names
Of all the trees and plants in Galicia.
(The Evil That Lurks wanted most to know
How to tie a clove hitch one-handed.) Later,
When the Mutual Broadcasting System
Had decided they would promote The Shadow
To cultural archetype he suggested
That the narrator might suitably intone
“Who knows the Latin names of Polish trees?”
Though Margo Lane explained to him
He never really understood why Blue Coal
(“Let The Shadow and Blue Coal Protect Your Home!”
Rejected the idea so adamantly.

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