by Ken Harnisch
Abner McGreedy, after beating up his wife
One drunken afternoon
Lurched out beyond his backyard
And was swallowed up in some black-green muckhole
Never to be seen again.
They organized a search party;
Got lights and rope and grappling hooks;
Stood irresolute around the bubbling pit;
And smoked their cigarettes till dawn
The sighing cesspool stopped bubbling
Two weeks later, in the relentless sun.
Soon afterwards the muck turned into clay
Just before the whole plot was sold
To expand the Mega shopping mall next door.
Pilings were driven in the muddy stew;
Bulldozers plowed the ground,
Leaving canyons of rust and standing pools
Of brackish water
That drowned forever sad-sack bones.
Eventually, walls and windows rose
Over Abner McGreedys presumed to be
Final resting place
It took his wife six years to get the settlement
From New York Life, but once she did
She opened a pub there in the new mall.
Named it Abners Rest
And did very well for herself, I hear,
As a bartender-ette
Selling drinks with cute pastel umbrellas
That she called Sinkholes.
And on the jukebox, if you hit C-18
The Beatles sang
O bla-di, O bla-da
Life goes on
Lolly-lolly, life goes on
Posted on 12/06/2002
Copyright © 2021 Ken Harnisch
|Member Comments on this Poem|
|Posted by Kate Demeree on 12/06/02 at 10:38 PM|
Laughing sooooo hard.. I can actually hear this one. Love IT! and yes... Thankfuly Life Goes On! I love the irony in this poem!
|Posted by John Harder on 12/10/02 at 06:45 AM|
i love poems that tell a story. very creative.
|Posted by Anne Engelen on 12/11/02 at 08:13 AM|
Very funny in a wicked way!
|Posted by Lori Johnson on 12/11/02 at 08:58 PM|
A side of you I had not previously known, thanks for the insight. Excellent humor, love it! :)
|Posted by Rhyana Fisher on 03/14/03 at 03:32 PM|
i absolutely love the irony woven through this writing. the snatch of song at the end definately provides the perfect conclusion. *goes off to see what other interesting things can be found here*
|Posted by Rhodora M Fitzgerald on 03/31/03 at 03:52 PM|
lol... This was a crafty piece! Not what I'm used to reading from you, but a very entertaining read Ken!
|Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/21/10 at 05:06 AM|
I'm enjoying browsing through some of your older ones I had not read. This is just hilarious, especially the ending, but also the very clever title and its timeless implications. Thanks!