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Random Acts of Poetry - Act 3

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While I'm writing these, I'll post a few as a bonus to my readers prior to the book release. I am up to 29 poems as of June 21. If you have any ideas for a sub-title, please send them to
Some poem titles include the following:
Summer Solstice Sonnet
Remembering Jerry
Letting the Cat out of the Bag
Sonnet of the Fruit of the Spirit
Prayin' Myself to Sleep
Tiki Torches
The Score
The Birds and the Bees
Odysseus Return
Rotten in Denmark
April Fools
To Sweat Like a Pig
Japanese Crackers
Doing Things Once
A Welcome Change
Dissected Maps


Rotten in Denmark

By Brett A. Starr on April 11, 2022

Have you ever heard the phrase?
“There is something rotten in Denmark?”
I have heard it on certain days
Few may know the origin of the remark

The meaning in hearing this thought
Is seldom misunderstood
It’s when things seem a bit odd
An evil plot seems afoot

Near 1600 William Shakespeare
Created a mighty play
About a King of Denmark
Who was murdered and betrayed

The King was Hamlet’s father
Hamlet’s uncle -- the successor
Claudius, was an evil man
A power greedy aggressor

Hamlet sees his father’s ghost
Who beckons his attention
Horatio and Marcellus
Plead for Hamlet’s abstention

The famous phrase in question
Is not fully “in-the-park”
The phrase begins, “There is something rotten
In the State of Denmark.”

This refers to Claudius’s rule
And the corruption that would seem
To come to surface as time went on
Revealing a rotten scheme

Alas, the next line is left behind
Important and neglected
A picture of faith, that truth will come out
“Heaven will direct it!”

Footnote: Here’s another one of those phrases many use, but don’t question the origin. Did you know that it came from Hamlet, one of the best works from William Shakespeare over 400 years ago? Do you know of anything rotten going on now?  Reference the website:


April Fools

By Brett A. Starr on April 1, 2022

What can be said about April Fools
Where pranks are played in many schools
And other stories appeared in news
To catch the gullible who missed the clues

Origins of this day has history
The reasons are a bit of a mystery
For instance, in France in 1582
The calendar changed from Julian and Hindu

To Gregorian which started on January 1
Instead of in the Spring as historically done
The Council of Trent in 1563
Dictated this change that came to be 

Some were slow to change this way
April first -- the old New Year’s Day
A clever piece of influence
To promote the date of difference

Signs were placed on backs quite devilish
With words “poisson d’avril” or April fish
Who were easily caught or gullible
This made the change more willable

Another piece of the mystery 
From ancient Rome the cult of Cybele
Hilaria -- a festival that demonstrates
With disguises mocking magistrates

Or could the explanation bring
Credence to the first day of Spring
With Mother Nature’s spectacle 
Of weather that is unpredictable

In the 18th century in the land of Scot’s
A two-day event of “Hunting the gowk”
Where people were sent on phony chores
A prank that only a fool explores

I’ll bet you’ll find many other things
Explain what April Fool’s Day brings
A little nonsense makes life more fun
A game that’s played by everyone


A Welcome Change

By Brett A. Starr on March 9, 2022

Spring. My welcome friend.
Winter's time to end. Yellow
Daffodils, please send.

Footnote: online poetry contest topic "Daffodils". I struggled with this one for quite a few days, then all of a sudden, it hit me in a matter of minutes. A simple Haiku seemed appropriate to capture my feelings at the time.



By Brett Starr on November 14, 2021

In Michigan, just east of Saginaw,
There’s a Bavarian town – a vacation draw
Named Frankenmuth, and it’s well known
Each day is Christmas – as stores have shown.

You can hear the bells for miles, each hour
From the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel Tower.
A magnificent 35-bell carillon
Plays German hymns as well as American.

Old-fashioned hand-carved figurines
Display the pied piper’s legendary scenes.
The restaurants serve you family style
With comfort food that makes you smile.

So, if you’re bored or feeling low
There’s a happy place that you can go
It’s in the thumb of Michigan
With plenty of fun for everyone.

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By Brett Starr on January 8, 2022

Don’t let the winter blues get you down

Just get in your car and go to town

Acquire some bulbs of paperwhites

To add some décor with floral delights

Just grab a pot without a hole

For best results, use a clear bowl

Add some gravel or decorative stones

Then place the bulbs per the instructions shown

Now add some water to the bowl like so

To touch the base of the bulbs, you know

Keep them in a place that is cool and bright

Their roots will sprout after a few nights

Along with that, the stems will sprout

In two or three weeks, white blossoms will come out

The narcissus fragrance with paperwhite bloom

Will add a little joy to any room

Paperwhites will help you on your way

They brighten even the darkest day

Growing these plants is a great thing to do

Just a little tip from me to you


Link to DNA Page

DNA by Brett A. Starr - 12-22-21

One of my best poems, not published yet, but for you to enjoy.