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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Is Thy Sweet Heart Now Grown So Cold, That Loving Breast of Thine? aka The Osmonds Are Back!

I’m frozen in starting this “Dear John” letter. Wait, I’ve got it! “Dear John.” Nah, taken. What I really want to say is, “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?” But that’s plagiarism too. Hm, something marvelous just popped into my head: “Is thy sweet heart now grown so cold, that loving breast of thine?” [1]It’s spicy. It’s random. Perverse and original. A quick google search, though, and that one’s been used for 300 years. You didn’t know that’s part of Auld Lang Syne,[2] did ya? Me neither. Well, perhaps I should depart with a loving, poetic gesture of sorts. Here goes.

Dear 2009,
You shocked and you challenged,
Brought good and bad luck.
You inspired and transpired,
But you did mostly suck.

What a way to begin with Barak’s swearing in!
He’s Black and he’s fine.
He’s got depth and can think.
Good riddance, George Dub-yuh,
And P.S. You stink!

The economy tanked along with faith, hope, and fight.
We lost jobs, homes, and health care.
What to do but hang tight?

Petty distractions have kept us afloat.
To follow are likely the most petty of note:

Octomom inherits great wealth and fame
For her busy uterus and lack of a brain.

Kayne West took Taylor Swift’s trophy away.
But he said “Sorry,” and his mom died, so it’s truly okay.

Jon and Kate plus 8 became Jon minus 9.
A bit late to for this break, party pops. You are slime.

In true Tiger style, Woods scores lower than low.
The boy had us scammed as a wholesome hero.
The best of all golfers, two tots, and model wife –
The Woods had no less than a fantasy life.
But his fantasies surpassed 1 and even 14.
Stay in the woods, Tiger. You’re best left unseen.

Miss California shunned gay marriage, lost the Miss USA.
Brittany Spears claims all should marry. (She knows of what she does say.)
Oprah declares her show will soon close.
Jason dumped Molly for Missy, then Missy for Molly.
Follow that final rose!

The Osmonds came back to dance for the prize.
So skilled and so cute. What a delightful surprise.
(‘Scuse me while I puke.)

A handful of the greats who died in 09:
Michael Jackson, whose talent pervades space and time.
Patrick Swayze, whose grace and spirit live on.
Natasha Richardson, a beautiful actress and mom.
Dazzling Brittany Murphy, career interrupted too fast.
For these and all other good souls who have passed,
With special reverence for those who were taken by war,
May their memories be blessings that inspire ever more.

Alas 09, you dashed this gal with fright.
Facing job loss and divorce, I could not see the light.
But I got a new gig, even better than last.
I also dropped the “F” word; my maiden name’s back.
One thing that’s a constant are the damn lawyer fees.
They keep coming back,
Not unlike Donny and Marie. (‘Scuse me while I puke. Again.)

Looking back on the year, I’m quite blessed to say
I ravaged great chocolate. The Lord doth have Her ways.

On a final note, let us ask once again. Shall we?
Is thy sweet heart now grown so cold, that loving breast of thine?

Happy 2010 to my beloved readers!
Robyn Alana Engel

[1] James Watson’s version, Old Long Syne, 1711
[2] Literally “old long since.” This Scottish poem, often sung on New Year’s and during other ceremonies (e.g., funerals), is attributed to Robert Burns, 1788.


  1. What a great run down of the year! I loved this. It really made me smile!
    Yeah, we had The Donny and Marie Show over here too! (Excuse me while I puke!)

  2. Nice, Robyn! And well done on ravaging chocolate and getting your own name back. Here's to a great 2010!

  3. Well done Robyn...2010 baby...nowhere to go but UP!!! Happy New Year!

  4. I relly enjoyed that Robyn - Happy New Year!

    Kitty x

  5. Brilliant!! Encore!!! keep on writing !!!!!!


  6. Happy New Year, Robyn :)

    Brilliant yes and this made me smile big.

    "Octomom inherits great wealth and fame
    For her busy uterus and lack of a brain."

  7. Thank you, Faydra, Alice, Tina, Mama Stress, Kitty, & Wreckless!

    I'm left wondering if anyone knows "Octomom's
    real name besides her mother and Gyecologist(?).

    Alice, sorry to hear Donny and Marie are known worldwide. Lots of puking going on - if they'd only stop smiling.

    Love you all.

    Here's to a new year and decade of more and better things to write about.
    Happy 2010!

  8. That was super cute! You forgot Farrah though!!

  9. Oh Right, LLB.She was a beauty icon and gentle soul. Thanks for reminding me/us that we lost Farrah Fawcett in 2009 too.

  10. Out with the old with a new year full of possibilities and opportunities. I like your point of view so I signed up to follow you. Drop by to visit me and reciprocate if you like what you see.

  11. Happy New Year Robyn way to bring in the New Year! :-)

  12. Hi Robin! Great poem - dead on on so many ways. Love it!