I am excited and honored to be included in March Madness Poetry 2013. Looking at this year’s bracket makes me more than a bit nervous. I’ve read and admired poems by many of these talented writers, and can’t help but wonder if I am out of my league.
Take my first round-competitor, for example. She’s named Ana Paest. I immediately googled her and found she has her own Wikipedia page. She’s listed in the Oxford Companion to English Literature, the Oxford English Dictionary, and Encyclopedia Britannica. She’s had many famous fans, including Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, T. S. Eliot, and Dr. Seuss. And as if those were not reasons enough to feel intimidated, her name means “struck back” in Greek!
At the risk of sticking my metric foot in my mouth, I’ve written a few lines to my fearsome competitor:
Ana Paest, Ana Paest, will you rise to the test?
Will you best me with meter and rhyme?
While your name, clever jest, leaves me rattled, distressed,
I won’t rest: I amb biding my time.
Let the games begin!
Today’s Poetry Friday roundup is at The Drift Record.