The Big Question by Kevin Ahern

The Big Question

“Rain falls down,” she said to me
“That’s very easy to see”
“It guess it’s due to gravity”

I told her she was right as rain
And I admired her little brain
But then she asked me to explain

“If rain comes falling through the air”
“And covers the ground everywhere”
“How did it got there?”

I said, “It’s very simple, lass”
“The clouds contain the liquid mass”
“And then it falls on us, en masse”

“Oh, no,” she said, her face in frown
“I understand how rain gets down”
“To the ground”

“But for it to be up in the sky”
“I do not understand why”
“The rain all got up there so high”

With that I felt a sudden sting
That sometimes comes when answering
A child who thinks you know everything

But my mind was blank, I thought, “uh oh”
I couldn’t lie, but did not know
Change the subject? Perhaps lie low?

Silence revealed my dilemma so
She said to me with eyes aglow
“That’s OK, Daddy. Mom will know”

by Kevin Ahern

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Editor’s note: This poem’s lighthearted dialogue is a fun read right up until the last line when the child’s response wallops the reader upside the head.

The Roomba by Kevin Ahern

The Roomba

Oh how I love my Roomba
Sucking dirt off of the floors
Cleaning up the living spaces
And carpets here indoors

It zigs and zags the housing scene
Could you use one? Of course
Cuz no doubt it would help you clean
Up yours

by Kevin Ahern

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Editor’s note: Because this editor has finally (this year) purchased a robot vacuum, this poem seemed particularly apt.

When Noise Annoys by Kevin Ahern

When Noise Annoys

A pesky mouse
Inside the house
Resides within my wall

It bumps all night
When out of sight
And rumbles down the hall

I’d like to trap
This noisy chap
He’s one enormous louse

Yes, I’ll be pleased
When I have seized
That hippopotamouse

by Kevin Ahern

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Editor’s note: Here’s an extra poem this week, because we can all use a good dose of levity once in a while.

Communication 101 by Kevin Ahern

Communication 101
Sometimes when you don’t know an answer
It pays to just admit it
This happened to me recently
And I’m so glad I did it
I was taking a communications class
And had an oral exam
The instructor said there was just one question
And I thought to myself “DAMN!”
The question was if I could illustrate communication
And I didn’t know what to say
So I just shrugged my shoulders
And she gave me an ‘A’

Sometimes when you don’t know an answer
It pays to just admit it
This happened to me recently
And I’m so glad I did it

I was taking a communications class
And had an oral exam
The instructor said there was just one question
And I thought to myself “DAMN!”

The question was if I could illustrate communication
And I didn’t know what to say
So I just shrugged my shoulders
And she gave me an ‘A’

by Kevin Ahern

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Editor’s note: The philosophical question of communication is at the heart of poetry, but rarely is it so succinctly demonstrated via narrative verse.

A Tale of Two Fishies by Kevin Ahern

A Tale of Two Fishies

Just yesterday I had a wish
To eat a little tunie fish

This dream of tasty albacore
Led me down to my grocery store

Upon arriving on aisle three
I found my Chicken of the Sea

Or so I thought ‘til I got back
And looked inside the grocery sack

Twas then I realized with terror
The grievous nature of my error

Beside the Reynolds cooking foil
Was tunie fish in cans of oil

I’ll feed it to my Siamese
So I don’t plug the arteries

Next time I go to shop I gotta
Buy tunie fish in cans of watta

by Kevin Ahern

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Editor’s note: This is hilarious, and we all need that right now, right?