What—Me Worry ?

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I sing of human dignity
whose absence can be seen
through lens of foul reality
within Mad Magazine !

The foibles of America,
the hubris and the glory
the paunch, the slouch, the bad-hair lives,
the real plebeian story.

Bruegel’s mobs and Ensor’s masks
improved, enhanced, updated
on comic page, until one asks:
is painting overrated?

Beardsley, Hogarth, masters all—
and acid-etched our race;
but unkind pure hilarious truth
beams forth from Alfred’s face.

The dolts, the clods, the leering fools,
the sociopathic clowns,
glitter like fractured plastic jewels
in Walmart-purchased crowns.

Alfred Neuman has the goods.
The lash, at first, feels bad
when whips of satire welt our back.
Behold the man: he’s MAD !

 

The good thing is that
You can crank a Haiku out
while you’re half asleep

5 comments on “What—Me Worry ?

  1. noochinator says:

    Timely post, since MAD reportedly is about to do a relaunch of the magazine in a new format, starting with issue #1 (after 550 previous issues).

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Robbie Yates says:

    MAD was a magazine that I
    Missed out on as a child
    And when at last I read it – it’s,
    Just like this blog post: WILD!

    Like

  3. wahotsdad says:

    Mad magazine was a staple as I grew up! And you have that edge, Well done!!

    Liked by 1 person

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