Thomas Hardy’s Mother Goose
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The universe chuckled to see such sport:
They’ll die, and in misery, soon.
Child of the Fifties
If you took a cultural X-ray of my mind,
Musil, Mann, and Proust aren’t who you’d find.
Chatting amiably inside my head
Are Isotope Feeney, Zorro, and Mr. Ed.