Prepositions In A Senior Moment - Poem by gershon hepner
Failure to identify a preposition
is very often the first sign of cog-
native dysfunction, so my latest mission
is making of such failures a new log.
By recording thus each senior moment
I cognitively will be so correct
that nobody will ever comment
about my prepositional defect.
I propose to write all failures in
the log, and will record a lot between
the lines in spaces that are not too thin
to let the prepositions intervene,
but where they are, I'll write the failures on
the top of lines, so I recall each blunder
before the game is up and my mind's gone
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Linda phoned me from Junior's, a deli on Westwood Drive that is about to go under, asking me what part of speech 'between' might be. I was so shocked to learn about her senior moment that I dropped the telephone and rushed to the computer to write my 12301st poem. Linda also asked me how to spell 'hers' in 'Is this his or hers? '' which is why I wrote 'ours' in the last line of this poem. 'Hers' is, of course, the third person singular feminine possessive pronoun, replacing 'her' + noun.
I wondered whether anyone had ever written a 'senior moment' poem before and found this one in poemhunter.com:
Just like that old saying,
'I don't care what you call me,
Just don't call me late for supper.'
Sometimes you don't call me by my name.
When you scold me,
You use your children's names.
When we argue harshly,
You call me by the name
Of that woman you last had an affair with.
But I take no offense
Because when you make love to me
You always get it right.
Lillian Susan Thomas
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