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by Hanley (Doc) Harding
Monday, December 24, 2001

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[Jody was a singer and very much into astrology. She cast my chart, and I wrote this humorous poem for her...]


I was reading, maybe knitting,
Doing something somewhat fitting,
When she sidled, maybe slidled,
There beside me, closely sitting.

For intruding in my brooding,
She had now apologized;
But I knew not, in my crackpot,
Soon I'd be proselytized!

She had studied, somewhat muddied,
Sign and symbol, star and planet,
Lore and hist'ry, secret myst'ry,
Of the cosmos, writ in granite.

She smiled sweetly, so completely,
And now deftly analyzed,
My weird psyche, which, by crikey,
Had been smog-anaesthetized!

Now she told me, did enfold me
With predictions of my future,
Zodiac signs, to my lifelines,
Stitched by planetary suture.

All what will be, what can still be,
Was now brightly anodized,
And I nearly saw so clearly,
'Cause I'd been astrologized.

Dedicated to Jody
August, 1995

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Reviewed by Emily Tarantino 9/28/2007
this is one of the funniest poems I have read! I absolutely love it. It reminds me of a shel silvertien poem, but for adults.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 6/13/2007
Remember in the 70's-80's?
when one of the come on's for us dumb guys was
"What's your sign?"
LOL...good one

Reviewed by Victor Jensen 11/29/2002
Never been astrologized, don't even want to be but i do like your version.
Reviewed by Tova Gabrielle 6/27/2002
LO VED IT. [ You've GOT to read my poem, "Entitlement".] This poem of yours is one of the best things I've yet seen on the site.
I like the cadence, the humor, the efficiency [usage]. Clever.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/16/2002
Great little ditty. Cute as can be. Love it. ~E
Reviewed by Lawrance Lux 2/16/2002
Great form!
Reviewed by Heather Bauer (Reader) 1/7/2002
This is Great, Very funny.

Reviewed by Audrey Cooper (Reader) 12/24/2001
Hanley, I agree with Janet, A smile
came across my lips as I read your terrific

Your poetry friend.
Reviewed by Karen Dunn 12/24/2001
This is super -- very funny - great wit!
Karen Dunn
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 12/24/2001
Hanley, this is terrific! LOL It made me smile. :) When you get time will you let me know what you think of my poem 'Pancake Girl' Thank You & Happy Holidays. Janet
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