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THE PSYCHIATRIST QUIPPED

THE PSYCHIATRIST QUIPPED

She entered with her back unzipped,

And this psychiatrist quipped…

You won’t help the world

With backside unfurled,

You must be a Freudian, slipped.

–Jonathan Caswell

(My apologies)

BEING USED WELL

BEING USED WELL

The concept of being “well-used”

In Dickens’ MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT, or EDWIN DROOD…

Has different connotations

From its originations,

We think now of being abused.

To wit:  being used well,

One had one’s talents to tell…

Which another might coax

To profit you both,

The resultant outcome would be swell.

This negative sense of well-used,

Not so easily disabused…

“Used” is being taken

Spit out and forsaken,

The kind of thing of which we’re not amused.

Has someone helped you reach your full potential,

Been positive as your personal seneschal…

If thus you are improved

And life has come well-hooved,

Then gratefully say you have been used well!

–Jonathan Caswell

(My college English Literature professors would be pleased.)