Re: Practice - Weather Policy

(Despite my efforts to get off this mailing list, I keep getting e.mails intended for someone else.

Don't make me get out the free verse, Amy. Nobody wants that.)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tony Noland <>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 06:50:17 -0400
Subject: Re: Practice - Weather Policy

On 8/19/09, <; wrote:
>Tonka Football Association Announcement:
>TFA teams will practice in the rain. Please proceed to practice. Coaches
>and/or Coordinator at the field will cancel practice if lightening occurs.
>During these situations, please stay close to the area so you can pick up
>your player as quickly as possible.
>Tonka Football Program

When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning or in rain?
I don't care, 'cause as I told ya,
I don't live in Minnesota.

My son does not play on your team,
Your e.mails thoughtless start to seem.
I am not this player's father!
He skipped on practice? What a bother!

If he'd only known the team would play!
But, alas, your e.mail went astray.
He never got your note on lightning;
So sad to think... no, no, too frightening!

Not a portent from maudlin ghost,
But from a writer on the East Coast.
I live a *thousand miles* from you!
Correct your e.mails listings, do!

Amy, I'll give you one fair warning
(since I'm feeling nice this morning)
If any more e.mails you send to me
I will write MORE bad poetry!

I'll put the results up on my blog,
A cloud of words that, like a fog,
Will soothe, besot, mystify and calm.
So check it out (!


  1. Cleverly delicious Tony. Your poetry is such fun; it's a writing stretch that would help so many of us improve. Thank you for sharing, demonstrating for us.

    (Had to fit in a semicolon somehow; up with semicolons and down with emoticons!)


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