Poems of the Week

Tennessee Smash

by Ruth S. Baker

“A Tennessee Man Is Accused of Hitting His Ex-Girlfriend in the Face With a Biscuit”
—The Associated Press

A-taskit, a-tiskit,
He hit her with a biscuit;
Please understand
He’d pledged his hand:
She never thought to frisk it;

A-tiskit, a-taskit,
What did she then? Don’t ask it:
Though some, they say,
Did whiff flambé
Of brisket through his casket.