“The Odds”

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Leonardo Drawing

The Odds

If you’re a person given to gambling,
What odds would you lay on the following:

A grizzled dude straddling his big Harley
Presents his better half as his “old lady”?

His better half (who sports a lovely tan)
Calls her bewhiskered partner “my old man”?

When you put salt and pepper on your snack
You shake the white stuff first and then the black?

Extremely educated persons need
To start each sentence with the word “indeed”?

Down on the farm where simple ways are dear,
The people say “yonder,” not “over there”?

In the metropolis where hipsters reign
“Aw shucks!” is not how they express their pain.

The odds are fair that the above are true.
A word of caution is, however, due:

If ster-e-o-types give you great delight,
Beware of barking dogs that also bite.

[Copyright (c) 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.]

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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