April 6 – #Verselove Sijo

Sijo with Barb Elder, April 2024


A grotesque menagerie

guards Notre Dame from vile villains.

Once almost decayed and lost,

Hugo’s novel renewed this church.

Now I gargoyle in the desert,

defended and protected.

The Organ

Who can play? Perplexing task,

bellows, wind chest, pipes pitched by length

old-fashioned, complicated;

with age we grasp, mastery reached.

Come to my organ recital:

Now, about my gall bladder.

2 thoughts on “April 6 – #Verselove Sijo

  1. Amazing! When I take the time to read and reread, I know that’s poetry. The “organ recital” brilliant final note to the “Who can play?” metaphor with “gall bladder” the resounding belly laugh. (I also love the use of “gargoyle” as a verb—reprise of that playful language bending.) Happy Friday!

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