Ode to My Belly

My belly
is the mayor
of Chubbyville, USA,
the abbot
of Amplegirth Abbey.

My belly is always in a hurry:
it walks into a room
before the rest of me!

After a cup
of Folgers Instant
and an English muffin
with peanut butter,
my belly is a dulled, lulled tomcat
on a shaggy sun-porch rug.

My belly once dated
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(in the same dream that featured
President Dwight Eisenhower
walking the tightrope
with Janelle Monáe).

My belly is erudite and polished,
slovenly and scruffy.
My belly got double-promoted.
My belly repeated a year.

My belly is connected,
from way back.
My belly knows some people.
My belly takes care of business.

Some people say
that if my belly had two brains
one of ‘em
would die of loneliness.
But my belly
knows the score.
There are no flies
on my belly.

My belly got up
on the wrong side of the bed.
My belly is feeling its oats.

My belly
is supporting Edison
by leaving all the lights on.

My belly goes
gallivanting and calooping
where no man, woman, or child
has ever calooped
or gallivanted before.

My belly is a player.
My belly is the greatest dancer.
Chicks dig my belly.

My belly is running
the Franconia Scramble,
and is "leading way behind."
(There are good and bad advantages
to leading way behind.)

My belly plays all the hits
of the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

My belly’s got the right stuff.

Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-08-12 at 04:56

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Thomas, you make me laugh and that is a healing art!
Well done, my humorous friend.

Marie Cadavieco The PoetBay support member heart!
And your belly, it seems, likes to take all the credit, the blame, and the responsibility. I had a good laugh at this. Nicely done. Very tasteful.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
i love poems that make me smile. i've had a bellyful of those that don't. this made me smile. in fact, i'm still smiling. well done, and thank you.