Poems of the Week

Vanity Profanity

by Alex Steelsmith

“Maine is cleaning up its roadways by removing the flippin’ vulgarities from license plates…
[A] bunch of descendants of Puritans in a New England state ended up putting some of the raunchiest
messages on state-issued license plates. …  [E]stimatees suggested 400 offensive plates could be subject to recall…”

Flippity quippity,
vanity license plates
shock us in Maine as in
few other states;

raunchy, unruly, and
Mainiacs take too much
license with plates.

Doubledy troubledy,
banning vulgarities,
though they leave civilized
people appalled,

might only add to their
now that they’re subject to
being recalled.