Friday, November 1, 2013

Mortimer Minute

I was recently tagged by the fabulous Buffy Silverman for a Mortimer Minute post.  After hitting the bunny snooze alarm a few times, here goes with my (overdue) Mortimer Minute!

Mortimer:  Are you aware that this post is two weeks overdue?

Debbie:  Does that count as my first question?

Mortimer:  Do you always answer questions with questions?  (sigh) (hop)  To answer your question, No.  Now please leave the questions to me.  And your first question is....  Are you a poet?

Debbie:  I think of myself as someone who is interested in poetry, and someone who enjoys poetry, and someone who likes to write stories in rhyme, but "poet" is still something I aspire to rather than embody.  Being a poet is, I believe, not so much a condition as a work in progress.  So I figure I'm a very early draft of a poet.  Maybe someday.

Mortimer:  A poem you wish you'd written?

Debbie:  Probably if you asked this question of me a thousand times, you'd get a thousand different answers.  But today I'll pick something from the category of short, fun, funny, and memorable, and go with Richard Armour's poem about ketchup:  Shake and shake / the catsup bottle / first none'll come / and then a lot'll.  (Note:  The poem has several slight variations ((and I personally prefer the rhythm of "first a little" which is often substituted in line three)), and it is frequently attributed to Ogden Nash; but I believe Richard Armour is the original author of it?  If you know otherwise, let me know.)

Mortimer:  Favorite resource for writing in rhyme?

Debbie:  Sue Young's The New Comprehensive American Rhyming Dictionary.

Mortimer:  Anything else you'd like us to know?

Debbie:  Isn't that your fifth question?

Mortimer:  Do you really think bunnies know how to count?

Debbie:  Do I really think bunnies know how to talk?

Mortimer:  I think what you meant to say was, "Thanks for the interview, Mortimer."

Debbie:  Thanks for the interview, Mortimer!

Mortimer:  You're welcome.  Now go work on that poet draft of yours.

Debbie:  Will do.  (Hops away to resume reading Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled.)  Bye Mortimer!  Catch you around!

hop, hop, hop


Buffy Silverman said...

Somebunny posted your link at Poetry Friday (I think it was Mortimer...he hopes you don't mind.) An early draft of a poet?? Somebunny might disagree.

LInda Baie said...

Hi Debbie, I am glad to see you here with Mortimer, thanks to Buffy's invitation. Your interaction with Mortimer sounded as if he was a bit feisty this time. I hope you are okay, and I enjoyed hearing that you are reading The Ode Less Travelled, a really interesting book about poetry. Thanks for sharing your time hopping!

Renee LaTulippe said...

Hey, great to see you and Mortimer together! He's a rascal, but you handled him well. Love the self-definition of "poet draft," though I beg to differ. :)