In Neverland, they say the story’s true
that Tink became outraged and very vexed
when Peter whispered to a boy named Sue,
“Can’t tell one fairy tail from the next.”
Admittedly, the joke was very crass
but told as they were exiting the can.
She overheard and soon would kick his ass
from Netherlands, a consequential ban.
Clap all you want, poor Pete cannot return
to southern comforts of her promised land.
He took with him a lesson hard to learn.
No fairy tale—he’s permanently banned.
A pirate now, whose bitterness belays,
he’ll hook and heave each ho, for false love weighs.
Ken Gosse usually writes humorous, rhymed verse with traditional form and meter. First published in First Literary Review–East in November 2016, he is also in Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Academy of the Heart and Mind, The Writers Club, Pure Slush, and others. He and his wife were raised in the Chicago suburbs. Since then, they’ve lived in Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Germany, and Virginia. Now retired, they’ve lived in Mesa, AZ, over 25 years, with rescue dogs and cats underfoot.