AN ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES’ ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SECTION
Cycle365 Recognizes New Poet Laureate
According to a press release issued by the highly esteemed Cycle365 website this morning, Gregory S. (Gregblood) Garceau has been recognized as the official Poet Laureate of the bicycling world. The announcement was a MAJOR disappointment to 95% of the readership who backed the more mature works of “Suzanne” and “Mrs. Grumby.” There were even a few votes for “Bobinvt” for his one-time poem, Perhaps I Could Rhyme Given Lots of Time.”
Ever so humble, even the reclusive Gregblood himself couldn’t believe he won the award. “I do not deserve this recognition,” he said, “but if that’s the decision of the committee, who am I to argue?”
According to Scooter, the chairman of the poetry committee, the clincher was Gregbloods freebie limerick about a phoebe. Indeed, any devotee of poetry can see it is a work of deep thought and intense manipulation of words and rhymes. Rarely has a poem explored the reality of the birdalogical world like this one did.
The Text of the New Poet Laureate’s Acceptance Speech
I hastily composed this little ditty To thank the Cycle365 committee For bestowing upon me this incredible honor My one claim to fame before I'm a goner. Imagine ME, born of humble beginnings and minimal brain, Becoming a poet laureate -- well that's just insane! Yet here I am, making history For my nonsensical wordsmith-ery. T.S. Eliot was a pretty good poet, I'm told. "I grow old, I grow old, I shall wear my trousers rolled." But he never became a poet laureate of Cycle365, I think he was too serious and that's no jive. In conclusion, I accept this award of distinction, Though my poems are more notable for their dis-STINKtion, I'll try to be the great laureate you expect of me, But right now the only rhyme I can think of is "Zuider Zee."
With that, Gregblood dropped the mic and raced off the stage.
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In honor of our deserving poet laureate, I humbly proffer my poem, adhering strictly to traditional haiku rules of the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, a reference to the seasons and the last line a non sequitur:
o speechless I am
beret and t. s. eliot
winter snow brings joy
Is there such a thing
as co-poet laureate
for haiku greatness?
Too generous of you Greg, I don’t deserve it.
Wonderful acceptance speech! Thanks for keeping us laughing during the hard times!
Sorry, Mr. Garceau. We know what you’re doing here, but only one Cycle365 award per calendar year can be granted to the same individual. You might consider submitting this again next year for the good humor award though.
It is indeed an honor to know and bike with and write with someone so honored.
Thank you, Nancy. And after seeing our National Youth Poet Laureate recite her poem at yesterday’s inauguration, I feel my own responsibility as a fellow poet laureate increase ten-fold. Amanda Gorman was amazing. Loved the phrasing. Worthy of praising. Trail blazing. Mind dazing. Bring it on, Amanda.
Wasn’t that astonishing though? I was thoroughly moved by the entire inauguration ceremony, but watching and hearing Amanda Gorman was overwhelming. What a gift to us all.
She was (is) nothing but amazing.
Amanda Gorman has a worried look these days.