Preface: This piece was published Feb. 21, 2007, online at Lawrencian.com (now Larryville.com, http://news.larryville.com/index.php/creative/45-ivan-ouris/259-wendy-tried-to-wind-the-wind-or-is-it-wind-the-wind). It’s the first of three poems to be republished through underwriting from the Carl Klester Sensitive Society for Preserving Chick Names, Especially Hot Girlie Show-Sounding Names Like Ginger, Holly and Claude, provided the organization stays together that long. As of this publication, the group is split into factions and might dissolve because of arguments over its name. A core faction believes the name should remain the Carl Klester Sensitive Society for Preserving Chick Names, Especially Hot Girlie Show-Sounding Names Like Ginger, Holly and Claude. A dissenting faction believes all the names at the end should be removed because they make the group look imbecilic, as Ginger and Holly are considered male and female names and Claude is generally considered a male name. Still another faction believes the organization should change its name to something short that can be shortened further into a memorable, easily-said acronym because the C.K.S.S.F.P.C.N.E.H.G.S.S.N.L.G.H.A.C. isn’t easy to say (even in multiple breaths, with long, oxygen-grabbing pauses in between those breaths), let alone remember. As an alternative, the faction recommends that the organization call itself the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Should the original ACLU sue the Carl Klester Sensitive Society-turned-ACLU II over trademark issues, the faction recommends requesting a defense attorney from the original ACLU.
Wendy Tried to Wind* the Wind** (Or Should It Be Wind the Wind?): A Fable with No Moral
Wendy tried to wind the wind,
But the wind kept unwinding.
In unwinding, the unwound wind wounded Wendy –
And trying to wind the wind
Left Wendy winded.
Wendy went to the Windy City,
Where people heard her story and thought she was windy.
But really, she was only Wendy.
The above pronunciation guide is provided courtesy of a grant from the aforementioned Carl Klester Sensitive Society for Preserving Chick Names, Especially Hot Girlie Show-Sounding Names Like Ginger, Holly and Claude – or any other name the organization is calling itself.
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