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Anger Management
Robert E. Petras


William Carlos Williams was right:
plenty enough depends
upon a red wheelbarrow.
Like a hammer thrower I heaved
the red wheelbarrow
into the frog pond,
frightening the Zen right out
of the frogs,
making me feel so much better.

by Robert E. Petras.
Used with the author’s permission.



Robert E. Petras is a graduate of West Liberty University and a resident of Toronto, Ohio.He spends much of his time hiking in the Appalachian woods near his home, kayaking, stargazing and playing tennis.

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Great poem! He also happens to be my Dad & favorite poet
Posted 04/26/2012 10:31 AM
Joe Sottile:
My wife was moaning and groaning while she wrestled with a quilt project of flip-flops and summer fun for a granchild, as I read today's poem; one that I frequently wondered about. She was having issues with anger management. Then I read "frightening the Zen right out of the frogs" and LOL! Wonderful poem!
Posted 04/25/2012 12:12 PM
One funny Zen of a poem!
Posted 04/25/2012 11:27 AM
Starting with the title, I didn't want to like this poem, but Robert won me over with its hilarious single image and its brevity. A male sensibility, well crafted. Bravo! Makes me want to start a red-wheelbarrow-tossing contest.
Posted 04/25/2012 08:51 AM
Funny! I love it!
Posted 04/25/2012 08:33 AM
Loved your poem, Robert. I wrote one of my own a while back, which I include just for fun. If William Carlos Williams Lived My Life much more depends upon the yellow Conquest pencils wrapped in green rubber bands beside the test booklets.
Posted 04/25/2012 08:12 AM
love it!
Posted 04/25/2012 07:28 AM
Very funny! First time I read the dreaded wheelbarrow poem it made me mad, too! Still not sure why it's so beloved, but I'm glad to see it tossed into a pond! Thanks!
Posted 04/25/2012 06:35 AM
Oh, thank you, Robert. Wonderful way to start the day, is laughter! That bit, "frightening the Zen right out/of the frogs" made me feel so much better!
Posted 04/25/2012 06:17 AM
I love the concept and the line "frightening the Zen right out of the frogs." For me, it's throwing acorns on the deck right back at the trees.
Posted 04/25/2012 06:15 AM
quite akin to Samuel Johnson kicking a rock to disprove Plato.
Posted 04/25/2012 05:25 AM

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