One Minute Poetry Contest 1999 “Shrimp on the Barbee”

One-Minute Poem Contest 1999 

Shrimp on the Barbee

A shrimp on the barbee
Comes flying off.
A wolf in the meadow
Dines on a lamb.

Cower in treetop myopic.
Scamper away. Shrimp
Purveyor, your rightist
Boss calls the tunes.

A shrimp in sheep’s clothing
Signs a “bill” that kills children
While ex-presidents implore
More volunteers.

Memorialize Kent State,
Weep for the poor,
Keep up the insights
Until you are sure

That the corporate rules
That have seeped into life
Haven’t taken over your
Kids, or your wife.

Throw a shrimp on the barbee
Cook him up good.
Don’t mind the toxins
That pollute your food.

Don’t mind the rhetoric
Don’t mind the fools,
Laugh when you can
Break all the rules.

Let losers win
Every once in a while.
Shake life with all muscles,
Go out in style.

So, you’re in suburbia,
I’m in the hills.
Duck all the missiles
I’ll cover your “bills.”

Throw a shrimp on the barbee,
Throw a wolf on there too.
But don’t give up being,
Don’t give up on you.



Copyright, Doug Stuber, 1999. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given, and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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