From Bad to Verse: Trusty Rusty, Fabreze, Up is Down

Trusty Rusty 

The Oz’s tin man is no more 

And survivors have a plan 

The first thing they are gonna do 

Is notify his next of can 



I wrote a verse about the wind 

To see it, you must wait 

Cuz at the moment now it is 

Only in a draft state 


Up is Down 

A bat that’s hanging upside down 

Presents us with a conundrum 

Because it’s very hard to know 

What’s over ‘em and what’s under ‘em 


Limerick (Untitled) 

The mouse in my house makes me shriek 

Every time I espy its physique 

The thing that inflames 

The most are his games 

He likes to play hide and go squeak 


Endangered Species 

I saw a flamingo in my yard 

And thought it quite fantastic 

Til I discovered that it was 

A species very plastic 


All Wet 

Anemones, diatoms, shrimp and crustaceans 

Salmon and tuna and crabs on occasion 

Sand dollars, corals and otters and krill 

Walruses, octopi and sea urchin thrill 


Jellyfish slither all over the sea 

Dolphins go swimming around with esprit 

Manta rays moving like birds with their motion 

Life underwater – poetry in ocean 

Kevin Ahern is an Oregon State University professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics. In his retirement, he writes verses. 

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