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    What? And Give Up Show Business?

    What? And Give Up Show Business?

    by Aunt Shecky

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    When sympathy for elephants
    spread open trails of liberty,
    the janitor hung up his broom
    dogging their droppings no more.

    The guilt-borne virus likewise spewed
    to wetter venues where the guards
    were moved to drop largess on whales.
    So long, slippery protest signs –-

    albeit water-proof –- but hard
    to hoist with flippers way too short.
    (A digression, not distraction, with
    attention rings long split in three.)

    The whiff of change began to shift
    to workers who then overreached
    beyond a raise or better gigs.
    Like seltzer spitting up its fizz,

    this shtick’s gone stale, the bubbles flat
    as burst balloons with extinct twists.
    Once overpopulated, tiny
    cars, driven off, were left in park.

    Some schlepped their silky selves to woods
    to skulk and menace former fans.
    What horrors morphed the comic mask!
    Goodbye, madcaps; hello, mayhem.

    Thus bottom-liners in their corporate tent
    sent the show a century back,
    like Vaudeville, dead -- but source of jokes
    surviving forever as true.

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    Nice line: "Goodbye, madcaps; hello, mayhem"

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    How much morely tax-dollars can we wastify investigating Aunt Shecky? (obviously an alias). When was the last time anyone saw your Passport, Auntie? I'm going to give the moderators the tools they need to defend litnet.

    Believe me! this Poem is EUooooge! It's the bigliest poem ever, and will make Litnet great again. We need clean out Litnet, drain the swamp, build a wall and pick a fight with someone. And if we can't, its because the last guy tapped our phones and read our PMs. No, we don't have any contact with Russia; not during the last short story competition, anyways. No, you can't see my tax returns. You wouldn't understand them. Put that in your pipeline and leak it.

    Live and be well - H

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    Is there still hope for this place? Seeing two of my oldest and (with your permission) best LitNet friends again is something that makes me think there may be… So good to "see" you both, Aunty & Hawkman… I second H.'s motion to pick a fight… over literature, maybe? That would be a welcome change on here ;-) Even if I couldn't find anything negative to say about your latest offering, Auntie!
    "Im Arm der Liebe schliefen wir selig ein…" ("Liebesode" - Otto Erich Hartleben)
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    There's a lot to like in this one, Aunty. It's a real avalanche of powerful images and ideas, and you handle it with great deftness and skill. Well done!
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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