#NationalPoetryMonth : #AlligatorPie, A Marriage Proposal to #DennisLee, Missing #Mr.Dressup.

Alligator Pie Poet

Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die. 
Give away the green grass, give away the sky, 
But don't give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some I don't know what I'll do.
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
But don't give away my alligator stew.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop.
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
But don't give away my alligator soup.

  -Dennis Lee
Marriage Proposal  

Dennis Lee, come marry me 
Unless you've got something
Against bigamy
What a higglety pigglety pair
We could make  
You with your Alligator Pie
Me with my mocha maple chocolate cake.
For those who do not get it, the cake is a reference to the cake in Sleeping Dragons All Around. I was writing it the same time I did my MA thesis on Dennis Lee and Canadian children's poetry back in 1988. Lee's poetic vision, essays and adult poetry influenced me as much as his children's verse.
Yes,  I actually recited this poem to him once.
He politely declined my marriage proposal.    
More about him here. 


 I still learn from Lee's polyphony. Here's a fabulous interview by Andrew Pyper.  



As for marriage proposals to gentle men who never lost the spark of their inner child, I moved on.  


 I miss you and still love you sweet Ernie Coombs. Heart of a poet and door-opener of imagination.