Brian Johnston

Gold Star - 15,036 Points (Jan.20,1943 / Oklahoma)

Ph: Humor: Tend Your Spinach - Rev 2 - Poem by Brian Johnston

Oh when I was a child I loved Popeye cartoons,
Guess there’s no real accounting for any kid’s taste,
But you always knew spinach was up Popeye’s sleeve,
And that bullies like Brutus would soon be disgraced.

“Just deserts! ” to all thugs what the world hungers for,
“In the kisser! ” whatever their color or stripe,
“Missing spinach” like kryptonite something to fear,
Till at last Popeye sucks in its green through his pipe.

But it’s Popeye’s resourcefulness that saves the day
And the vegetable really a means to an end,
For the spinach is mindless, along for the ride,
So though green stuff is “good”, maybe “best” is a friend!

Topic(s) of this poem: humor, life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Brian Johnston
September 23,2015

Comments about Ph: Humor: Tend Your Spinach - Rev 2 by Brian Johnston

  • Bri Edwards (9/29/2015 11:44:00 PM)

    I ALMOST didn’t leave a comment tonight. I wasn’t sure what to say. I mean ‘I loved’ Olive Oyl, Popeye’s girlie, but I didn’t ‘love’ this poem. BUT, I like some of its concepts and I like the rhyming. I think it could be polished up. and the use of “befall” seemed strange to me; I mean the sentence structure, BUT it seems it ‘may be’ grammatically correct and that I’m just not used to reading ‘befall’ in sentences.

    I love’ taste/disgraced.

    the spinach/kryptonite mention could be cryptic [[get it? ]] for some readers who were not brought up on Popeye, Superman, and Captain Kangaroo!

    brian, who COULD account for your taste in ADULTHOOD? ! why, you seem to like ME. now, THAT is strange!

    and, like “spinach”, I (bri) am “mindless” and along for the ride.

    How about putting “each” in front of “color and stripe”?

    AND maybe for the last line: “Yet if spinach is good, what’s better’s a friend! ” ? maybe?

    thanks for sharing. pass the vinegar please. bri :)

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    Olive Oyl
    Cartoon character
    Olive Oyl is a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar in 1919 for his comic strip Thimble Theatre. Wikipedia
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    Brian Johnston Brian Johnston (9/30/2015 10:40:00 AM)

    Thanks for your suggestions Bri. I did need to spend some more time on the piece. Hope that you like the changes.

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  • Terry Craddock (9/23/2015 9:58:00 PM)

    wonderful, the second Popeye theme poem encountered in the last ten minutes, all power to Spinach! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 3, 2015

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