Mae Scanlan


Viagra Palls

Cialis and rhinoceros horn,
And watching endless hours of porn
Can cause disturbing side effects
That interfere with having sex.

For one who’d be a bold romancer,
There is such a simple answer:
Plentiful, out there for sale,
This aphrodisiac is………kale.

Please don’t laugh—it’s not a joke.
We leave it to the advert folk,
For, as you know, there is no question
Re the power of suggestion.

They will puff it, hawk it, tout it;
Nobody will be without it.
Sex, with kale, will be A-Plus;
What’s more, the damned stuff’s good for us!

Mae Scanlan can’t remember a time when she didn’t write humorous verse. Happily, she’s managed to get a fair amount of it published, in both the U.S. and the U.K. Her other addictions are song writing, photography, and The Washington Post’s Style Invitational.