School Carnival Haiku
The cakewalk began
five minutes late and confused.
But it’s over now.
Reader, we have survived the cakewalk. I knew you’d want to know.
The cakewalk came together on a lick and a promise and the last-minute addition of an extension cord.
The cakes appeared out of nowhere, raining down upon us from sources unknown.
There were two pieces left at the end of the carnival.
Today’s children don’t recognize the first generation iPod. Them: What’s that? Me: An iPod. Them: No it’s not! Me: Okay. (Yes, I’ve learned not to argue with children who think they’re right).
Today’s generation of children know nothing of Aerosmith. Sigh.
New rule: If you’ve already been around the circle three times and there are other children waiting in line, you have to go to the end of the line and wait for your next turn. Yes, this means you.
New rule: No you cannot buy a piece of cake from the cakewalk. Because the point of it is to win the piece of cake. Because that’s how it works. I said no. This conversation is over.
New rule: If you complain about the manner in which the cakewalk is administered, you’re kicked out. Yes, this also means you.
New rule: You actually need three volunteers to run a successful (I use the term loosely) cakewalk. One to do the music and call out the numbers. One to control the flow of traffic onto and off of the cakewalk circle. And a third, someone who is not wearing skinny jeans to maintain and replace the chalk-drawn numbers on the circle. Ahem.
This is all I know about cakewalks.
And now, back to the business of poetry. If you wonder what I’ve been reading lately, you’re not alone. I’m wondering, too. What I mean is that I usually post a lot about what I’m reading, but haven’t lately. Which, I realized last night, is because I’ve been reading books for class and other people’s manuscripts. My last class is on Wednesday, so soon I’ll be back to reading what I choose and telling you all about it.
This is the last full week of school. I’m going to make the most of it by going to the library every day and putting in some good hours on my own work.
Thanks for reading. If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake…….. 🙂