Thursday, January 03, 2008

epistle of dribble---Totally Optional Prompts

as a last resort, I write to your esteemed paper,
kind sir. never having addressed to an editor,
please do excuse my very poor language skills.
lest I forget what I need to say, drain water spills
inside my apartment block, despite repeated
remainders, authorities have remained seated
glued to their chairs, wholly deaf to my entreaty
stink is too much to bear, shedding my brevity
now I want needful to be done pressuring them
via your printed media, drawing a bit of shame
on their demeanors, so they dig deeply into soil
laying sewer line ten feet under, so that their toil
would not go wasted- all that muddy stench is rested!

I now end it here, before I go on about more dribble
hope you publish my epistle as soon as possible.

This is a true account. Sewage water was flowing through our Apartments block and no one was ready to do anything. I contacted the local papers. After they published it, the pipelines were repaired in no time. I obviously did not write it in a poem form!


Anonymous said...

As they say Gautami, the squeaky wheel gets the grease; or in this case, the sewage. It would have been interesting to have sent it in poetic form though.

tumblewords said...

Glad to hear you got results - I write letters to the editor and my poetry is often published in the paper BUT nothing gets better! Grin.

Anonymous said...

The power of the pen... or of a woman's wrath. ;)




Pauline said...

epistle of dribble - a clever title!

Bill said...

Go get 'em, girl! I often write letters to the editor and have had many published in the NY Times and elsewhere. But I don't write as many as I used to, now that I write haiku.

morning paper
checking the letters
to see if I'm there

Mad Kane said...

Well done!
Mad Kane

Whitesnake said...

I guess that flushed them out huh?

Within Without said...

Good on you, Gautami!

Just Jen said...

how horrible! I'm glad you spoke up and got it resolved! Have a dry new year!

Norma said...

Good for you--it does make an excellent poem

homo escapeons said...

You really 'laid it on the line'!

'Sewar' you going to start writing letters to the editor on a regular basis now?

har har

Borut said...

Words have power!:)

Anonymous said...

It's always curious what gets printed, and what gets results. Good job.

floots said...

love that final rhyme
thanks gautami

Revathi said...

nice way with words.