Bruce McGuffin


Poem Versus Tree

I thought that I would never see
a poem lovely as a tree

’til one day on a rural train
Joyce Kilmer’s old, well worn refrain

was challenged by a modest sonnet.
For as I sat and pondered on it

the window by my seat revealed
a tree out standing in its field.

“This poem,” I said, “can it be
it’s more attractive than that tree?”

A decent sonnet, not delightful,
but gosh that tree was truly frightful.

Bruce McGuffin has been writing light poetry for years, despite the long-ago urgings of his high school English teacher to give it up. His poems have appeared in Light, Lighten Up Online, Parody, and The Asses of Parnassus. When he is not writing poetry he plays with radios at a research center near Boston. He has never owned a support hamster, and thinks it unlikely he ever will.