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Sunday, August 31, 2008


by Earl J. Wilcox

Take one part outright madness;
Add three parts beauty;
Two parts guts;
Four parts middle finger to the party.
Stir until well mixed.

Serve before one week.

This party favorite tends to spoil
over night unless kept
in a cold place such as Alaska
—or in John McCain’s brain.

Earl J. Wilcox writes about aging, baseball, literary icons, politics, and southern culture. His work appears in more than two dozen journals; he has contributed 38 poems to the New Verse News.