When am I right? What is the name of this bird?
How many miles to Cincinnati?
Is the truth direct? Or must it be overheard?
Does this go in there? Is there a cost and a fee?

Has the poem started yet?
Can I stop when I know you have understood?
Do I know how much I forget I forget?
I don’t know if you are reading this but I did and I wish that you would.

I’m only dumb about the dumb things.
When the orchestra begins playing
All the audience was saying
Stops. And the soloist sings.


  1. Gideon O'Rourke said,

    September 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I really enjoy this. The only thing: It’s too noticeable that the last stanza is far superior to the other two. It’s more direct. And musical. But really, very, very good.

  2. thomasbrady said,

    September 17, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you, Gideon. It’s certainly a trick everyone ought to know. Make the last part of the poem best.

  3. noochinator said,

    May 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I didn’t know New Jersey’s Governor Christie could conduct an orchestra!

    • thomasbrady said,

      May 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      And with such passion, too.

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