Monday, May 9, 2016

The damn fine haiku

It was a fine poem
and was doing fine until
someone said stand down.

– Leonard Blumfeld (© 2015)

According to Ted Kooser and his column American Life in Poetry, American literature is full of fine poems. Yep, you got to pronounce that fine with some sort of corn belt accent to get the full meaning. The stand down part is popular in recent military Hollywood lingo. It is frequently used when we all (the audience) are meant to strongly feel that someone should actually not stand down. I added damn to the title because a damn fine poem is even finer than one that is just fine.

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