Poems of the Week

The The

by David Galef

(with apologies to Wallace Stevens)

“Ohio State University has officially registered a trademark for the word “THE”
after a nearly three-year battle to clinch legal branding access to a word
that’s deeply meaningful to the school’s overall identity.”

If we’re teaching articles,
Both definite and in-
Ohio State’s the school to watch:
It’s trademarked one wherein

The letters T and H and E
Are legal in their name.
The news alone will guarantee
The the achieves some fame.