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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Unique Holidays


From January 2nd's Happy Mew Year for Cats Day to December 16th's Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, the poems in J. Patrick Lewis's new book entitled World Rat Day: Poems About Real Holidays You've Never Heard Of celebrate holidays. Holidays like Bulldogs are Beautiful Day (April 24th) and Yell "Fudge!" at the Cobras in North America Day (June 2nd) and International Cephalopod Awareness Day (October 8th).
The only thing missing for inquiring minds is a glossary of facts about each day. My own curiosity led me to the internet where I confirmed the existence of each holiday, but I am certainly not the only reader who would want to discover more. Now I keep thinking of holidays I might want to be celebrated. Is there an iris day? Any of these past few days would qualify in Minnesota.
The title poem, by the way, is quite clever:
The Rat Is
the
mous-
tache
in
the
trache.
the
wrong-
doer
in
the
soer
World Rat Day is April 4th: http://www.worldratday.com/WhatIs.html 

3 comments:

  1. The photo of this beautiful bloom reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings.

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  2. Great word play in the poem! The mighty Iris next to the wee, delicate lily of the valley...

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