Poems of the Week

Doug Out

by Julia Griffin

“Giant potato is not actually a potato, says Guinness World Records…
A New Zealand couple who believed they had dug up the world’s largest potato
in the garden of their small farm near Hamilton have had their dreams turned to mash.”
The Irish Times

The giant tuber known as Doug
Has left New Zealand less than smug:
He’s lost his claim (it seemed so good!)
To Guinness-class potatohood.
What can we learn from this? It’s moot;
Perhaps don’t root for every root?
What’s excavated from the mud
Will sometimes fail to be a spud.