My 1st rhyming sestina
Some people don't like the word Jew
A label that fits me like comfy shoe
Jews were murdered and made into glue
Regarded as less than beasts at a zoo
Blamed for both the plague and the flu
In the end, though, it's the haters who stew
Jewish cholent is a magical stew
If you'd like some, just befriend a Jew
It can cure both COVID and the flu
And when it spills, it won't stain your shoe
Come, let's pack some for a trip to the zoo
Food and family bind us like glue
From true history we cannot unglue
All began with primordial stew
We all got here by way of the zoo
European; African; Jew
Mortality fits us all like a shoe
And we die of the very same flus
There are always new strains of the flu
Viruses to human cell membranes glue
Vaccines help but cannot fully shoe
We are but chunks of meat in this stew
Asian; South American; Jew
Are we destined to live as if in a zoo?
It takes a great deal to get me zooed
I don't suffer much from brown bottle flu
My friends joke that I'm a Russian Jew
I reply that I'm rubber, they're glue
And we laugh over hearty Jew stew
The secret ingredient's sole of shoe
In the heat, men buzzing flies shoo
But not so those beasts at the zoo
Nor are they wont to sit and stew
Every species has its own flu
DNA is a powerful glue
Oceanian; North American; Jew
Some racists claim diplomatic flu
When accused, they stand as if glued
Much abashed by this very proud Jew
- My initial intentions in writing this poem were:
- Write a sestina that rhymes
- Write a poem about antisemitism
- I deliberately used the word ‘Jew’ as one of the rhyming words; the other five words that rhymed with ‘Jew’ were picked at random.
61 thoughts on “Rubber, or: Glue”
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, David. ❤️❤️🌻
🥰 Diana 🥰
As Ingrid says, it was ‘deadly serious but frivolously fun at the same time’. I think that is typical of Jewish humour? Fabulous poem, David!
Lesley, thank you ❤
You know, I actually have no idea about Jewish humor… I mean… famous Jewish comedians range from Andy Kaufman to George Burns to Woody Allen to Roseann Barr to Jerry Seinfeld to Sarah Silverman… and dozens more… Is there something that typifies them all? 🤷
Ooo, I’m not sure, David. Maybe I’ve just got ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ stuck in my head. 😀 I need to give this some thought as to how this became my perception.
Lesley ~ I’m not saying you’re wrong ~ I’m saying that I have no idea!
That’s okay, David. I knew what you meant. 👍😎
This was somehow deadly serious and frivolously fun at the same time. Is there a Hebrew word for ‘hats off to you?’ I would very much like to say it!
Personally, I would say, “yasher ko-ach!”
In that case, “yasher ko-ach!” David!
I had to look that up as we don’t use Cyrillic in Slovenia. I can now say ‘enako!’
oops, my bad!
Here we go: Hvala!
Zdaj razumem. Hvala enako!
This is great. A rhyming sestina seems like a tough thing to pull off, but you totally rocked it.
🤎 EIF 🤎
I’am glum and dumbfounded ! My eyes are glued on your poem and I couldn’t take it off !! This poem has some juice in it 👍🤝
🙏 Srikanth 🙏
[…] Rubber, or: Glue […]
I think it’s great.
💜 Andrew 💜
Excellent!! I’m impressed because doing the monorhyme is not the easiest way to do a sestina!! Also your topic is a difficult one as well. This is such a divergence from your usual Tanka/Haiku-esque style – I’m very stuck on this effort…
Well, I like to mix things up, Muri, and you’re very inspiring ❤
“In the end, though, it’s the haters who stew.” LOL. So true. Love the wit, the rhymer and the sestina humor. 🤗
Peace to you, and multiple roses,
Wow, that’s a lot of Roses, Dora – thank you!
You have to share with your darling daughter! 😀💞
This one in particular, Dora?
David, More than one of course! Never mind. Give her this 💐 for her joyful inspiration to your verse. 💝
🤗 Dora 🤗
Love it! Very smart, with a narrative and message.
Thank you, kind sir 😀
Nice job David. I like the rhyme but the content more.
❤ Lauren ❤
I love your rhyming verses David. You did a wonderful job. You could illustrate those verses and write a story for your children to enjoy. :>)
The rhyming isn’t necessary for a sestina, Dwight, but Muri inspired me to try 😀
I think it turned out very well!