Poetry Monday: Religion and Politics

I have no poem for today, though I do have a story drafted which will be up on Thursday as scheduled. So for your poetry-loving ears, I’m linking to one of my early influences, Mr Scott Beach. Personally, I would have loved to hear him recite The Song of Hiawatha (or even better yet, Lewis Carroll’s phenomenal “Hiawatha’s Photographing”) but alas, that won’t happen.

And that just reminded me. This folkloric version, based on a parody by George A. Strong, was perhaps my earliest poetic influence. My Dad used to recite this, and we even had a dog named Mudjokivis.

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