Sunday, December 8, 2019

"The Prank" Poem Published

This poem was published in the November 2019 issue of "Your Country Neighbor."

The Prank
by Janet Sobczyk, 2019

Plant a fragile sapling 
dig, settle in the dirt 
fill in, shore up 
enjoy over long seasons 
notice it growing 
unfolding into the sky 
delayed gratification at its finest. 

Plant a plastic skeleton 
dig, settle in the dirt 
build joists, lay the deck 
enjoy impossible anticipation 
for next homeowner to uncover 
maybe, someday 
delayed gratification most painful. 

Won’t it become Poe’s telltale heart 
lying under the deck 
rasping a dry call to be found? 
Won’t the prankster pry up one board 
show someone, anyone, everyone 
for a shocked look, appreciative chuckle? 
How could he not?


The inspiration for this poem was a Facebook post by “Dad Joke of the Day”: “Redoing the deck, so I went to Party City and purchased a skeleton. Now in 20 years when the new homeowner needs to redo the deck……” The picture showed a realistic-looking, plastic skeleton half-buried in the dirt under the joists of the new deck in mid-construction. Creepy!

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