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Occasional Verses


Reading Aloud




I have suffered apprehension many times that I could mention

When I’ve muddled up the messages I’ve sent

It isn’t very pretty

When I’m trying to be witty

To be saying things I never really meant


I expect that no one wonders why my accidental blunders

Come more often than they did when I was young

It’s seldom I have ever

Been so absolutely clever

As to keep from getting footprints on my tongue


I know I’m not the brainiest when I wax extemporaneous

And I say things pretty stupid off the cuff

As soon as I have said it

I invariably regret it

And my apology is never quite enough


Now I can’t become a sage by simply reading from a page

Or reciting lines of poetry I’ve clipped

But I’d appear to be much brighter

If I had a decent writer

And my impromptu lines were written in my script.





It's Nice To Take A Gift


    Jack Hasling 

A little book of rhyming verses
designed for reading aloud

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The Untold Story of the Word

       A satire on the Old Testiment 

The Hebrew people need guidance, so God writes Ten Commandments

and delivers them to Moses. But the Devil trips Moses as he comes

down the mountain and the Tablets are broken. Moses then proceeds

to rewrite the Commandments leaving out some of God's most

compelling admonitions and adding a few of his own.