Photography © Chad Parenteau


It Takes The Cake

If you’re a climate activist, you’ve vowed
To think of Earth—whose dairy cows stand by
To fart a global-warming methane cloud—
And you protest, by hurling your cream pie,
Kept hidden in your wheelchair till you can
Eject it at the Mona Lisa’s gaze? …
Suppose, though, you’re an artist with a plan
To root for abstract art to have some praise
Heaped on it—so, to teach the public, you’d
Explain your own technique? Which theory best
Corroborates the facts, when some French dude
Appears in drag to cream Leonardo’s guest? …
Know what I think? It’s neither. It’s about
Exhibiting fake hair—and wigging out!


Mike Mesterton-Gibbons is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Florida State University who now lives in York, England. His acrostic sonnets have appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Better Than Starbucks, the Creativity Webzine, Current Conservation, the Ekphrastic Review, Grand Little Things, Light, Lighten Up Online, MONO., the New Verse News, Oddball Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, the Satirist, the Washington Post and WestWard Quarterly.

Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine.