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Randy-Cassius Sargent, a poet gonged off the Gong Show

      One of the most wonderful connections I made at the Society of Southwestern Author’s conference Wrangling with Writing was with a 94-year-old poet by the name of Cassius Sargent.   When he recited one of his poems, I found myself laughing; without a hint of embarrassment he told me how he made quite a reputation for himself by roasting politicians.  He had been a stand-up comedian and learned that craft by being repeatedly gonged-off the Gong Show.   Cassius recently published a collection of his poems under the name GROWNUP’S MOTHER GOOSE.   The little book is well worth a call and the price of 6 for $24.00, gifts for “friends, enemies and kin.” “GROWNUP’S MOTHER GOOSE   A chuckle factory   AIMED AT WHERE YOU LIVE.   HELP WANTED   Several hundred unpublished poems on hand Constantly writing more.”   Cassius Sargent Cell (520-861-4506)   Email: cassius.sarge@gmail.com .

      Harvey Stanbrough, Poet, Author, Freelance Editor, Pulitzer Prize and Frankfurt Award Nominee praised Caassius’ work in this way: “the collection of 149 smart, witty poems is one of the best I’ve seen for invoking laughter through the pun, masterfully interwoven with bits of wisdom.   In this collection, common sense is the common theme.   It sneaks up on us, surreptitiously tweaking our politically correct conscience, poking fun at our own sense of self-importance, and reminding us to not take ourselves so seriously.   This book makes it fun to be human.”   Cassius looks at himself in this way: “many modern poets would not be found dead in the same block with Cassius.   His writings are not easily misunderstood.   This book should make most readers chuckle, laugh or think, or it may irritate some.   The verse below expressed the spirit in which it was written.   Poetic License covers many sins.”

Levity and brevity

Are very much akin.

The fewer words to get it said,

The Sooner sinks it in.

Here are three examples of Cassius’ poems, reproduced here with the poets permission.

Education

 

To help higher education

Just a tiny little bit

Here’s a mini-dissertation

On the subject of Bullshit.

 

Bullshit’s almost all pervasive.

It creates an awful stink,

But it also reeks of virtues,

If one only stops to think

Bullshit’s odd, unique, peculiar

For its rottenmost is fine,

And its fake and artificial

Are most truly genuine.

Politicians have to use it.

It is basic in concept

Even Truth, unmixed with Bullshit,

Is a thing folks won’t accept.

Historically, them as has, gets

 

FINANCIAL PLANNING

 

 

What’s-more-ically, Have-Nots have debts.

Financially, let’s face that fact,

Substantially, the deck is stacked.

Potentially, you won’t get rich,

Essentially, without an itch.

For actually an itch to scratch

Eventually makes fortunes hatch.

Persistently, you need to hoard

Consistently, until you’ve scored.

 

COMMERCE

There are reasons you should hate your

Congress with it’s crooked nature.

They’re so far gone and out of hand,

Beyond Alice in Wonderland.

With Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the tale

Unfolds, and Congress was for sale.

 

Thank you Cassius. Keep up. You’re only 94. We can all use some of your medicine. Randy Ford

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