Dr. Corless Pens Award Winning Poem

john_corless_smDr. John Corless wrote the winning poem for The Poetry Society of South Carolina’s Spring 2015 Humorous Verse Category. Seize the moment and enjoy this witty reflection on a popular phrase.


Carpe Diem, seize the day

Carpe diem, “seize the day”, I thought I heard my boss once say

That in this motto we should trust and leave our rivals in the dust.

If I’d spent less time in detention and given Latin more attention

Then maybe I could comprehend the messages such saying send.


I know my ears are not so sharp but did he really mention carp?

They say that eating fish is good and if I liked it more I would

But were it solely up to me I’d choose instead omega-3

Which would supply the fish’s essence without its scaly, finny presence


And per diem, that’s a kind of pay that I’m allotted for each day

But usually it’s cash I’m wishin’, not something that you catch while fishin’…

And seizing doesn’t sound so good, at least not in my neighborhood:

For anyone to praise convulsion leaves me reeling with revulsion.


So beware your boss, but if you see him

Tell him to keep his carpe diem!


John Corless

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