Poems · Poemvember-November 2017

“Fine and Dandy”


Poem 11 in the ProCrasstheNation Poemvember Poetry Project comes inspired by a shared sibling memory of one of Comedian George Carlin’s bits. Thank you for reminding me of this, Paula. I hold that although George may never have been both fine and dandy at the same time, I most certainly have. Usually, after 14 pints of Guinness.


I hope reading this makes you simultaneously fine and dandy.




“Fine and Dandy”


Please don’t reprimand me,

because I stand here fine and dandy.

Your total misery begets, infects,

has a gravity that at once neglects,

the beauty that surrounds us.


Point of view can be the key,

to living a life worry free.

Fine and dandy, if you please.

Angst brings goodness to its knees.

Turn the tide to calmer seas.


Furrowed brows and puckered frowns,

turn those around you, upside down.

Suffering can be understood,

but, choosing spite invites no good.

Fine and Dandy, Dandiehood.


Choose consciously.

Don’t react.

Navigation requires tact.

How something seems,

is not what is,

But rather what we make of it.