Thursday, July 14, 2011

I Wish I'd Written This

Rhyming is hard to do well.  Apparently not for Miller Williams.  This one is good! 

By Miller Williams

Because you’ll find how hard it can be
to tell which part of your body sings,
you never should dally with any young man
who does any one of the following things:

tries to beat all the yellow lights;
says, “Big deal!” or “So what?”
more than seven times a day;
ignores yellow lines in a parking lot;

carries a radar detector;
asks what you did with another date;
has more than seven bumper stickers;
drinks beer early and whiskey late;

talks on a cellular phone at lunch;
tunes to radio talk shows;
doesn’t fasten his seat belt;
knows more than God knows;

wants you to change how you do your hair;
spits in a polystyrene cup;
doesn’t use his turn signal;
wants you to change your makeup;

calls your parents their given names;
doesn’t know why you don’t smoke;
has dirt under his fingernails;
makes a threat and calls it a joke;

pushes to get you to have one more;
seems to have trouble staying awake;
says “dago” and “wop” and words like that;
swerves a car to hit a snake;
sits at a table wearing a hat;
has a boneless handshake.

You’re going to know soon enough
the ones who fail this little test.
Mark them off your list at once
and be very careful of all the rest.
  
“For a Girl I Know about to Be a Woman” from Some Jazz A While: Collected Poems.
Click on the title to go to poetryfoundation.org's posting of For a Girl I Know about to Be a Woman.  Click on the poet's name to learn more about Miller Williams.

2 comments:

  1. Oh this is really cool, Danny, and such good advice. Yup, would save her a lot of time!!!!

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  2. Oh wow. So true. I wish someone had shared this with me when I was young. Thank you!

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