Treasure Island

Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler


Geezer Poets


geezer poets with your guns ablaze
who pathetically pine for your glory days

who shoot down young poets at every whim
who burn their every poem, every prose, every hymn

who would curse a young poet in your final gasp
dropping your weapon from your weakening grasp...

geezer poets, you know who you are
no one gives a damn about your fallen star

and when dementia renders you unable to think
of which ends your lousy pens diffuse your stupid ink

a young poet will use your rifle's butt
to pound the tired lid of your coffin shut

Submitted: Thursday, March 17, 2005
Edited: Thursday, March 17, 2005

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  • Robert Howard (6/28/2007 9:37:00 AM)

    Love it. The wonderful irony of this is in it's impeccable rhyme which is a rather conservative way to put a poem together. A lot of geezers would approve the form while grumbling about the content. (Report) Reply

  • Goldy Locks (7/15/2006 2:51:00 AM)

    i thought this was great, DIEnamic. stickin' it to the man, as God intended.
    & nice rhymes. Sus. (Report) Reply

  • Cj Heck (11/25/2005 11:03:00 AM)

    Excellent poem, Jake - although I'm feeling like I might be one of the geezers, Lord, help me. But I did enjoy reading this poem.
    My warmest regards and respect,
    CJ (Report) Reply

  • Michael Shepherd (10/19/2005 11:20:00 AM)

    ...yeah, I could be like that when I'm older... neat as always, Jake. Rich Hanson too has a sharp poem about an ex-hot geezer poet on the faculty staff... (Report) Reply

  • Uriah Hamilton (9/8/2005 1:14:00 PM)

    Not a bad poem, but I hope one day, you and I become geezer poets, I think I hope that, I don't hope the part about putting other poets' work down. (Report) Reply

  • Amberlee Carter (3/17/2005 5:21:00 PM)

    awww, jake, why ya got to be so mean? la sigh...
    hey, you ever read this piece?

    To A Poet, Who Would Have Me Praise Certain Bad Poets, Imitators Of His And Mine

    YOU say, as I have often given tongue
    In praise of what another's said or sung,
    'Twere politic to do the like by these;
    But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?

    William Butler Yeats (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (3/17/2005 4:35:00 PM)

    I thought this rather immature, even for a poet that has not as yet reached geezer territory (and never may) .
    I thought we had a bit of a consensus to try to 'get along', to pull back the fangs somewhat, basing at least the immediate future upon mutual respect?
    This, Jake, is not a good example.
    Shows the advantage that geezers enjoy: Life experience and maturity.
    Motto after 50.....NMB (no more bullshit) .
    What are YOU doing?
    H (Report) Reply

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