If you are reading this post -- SURPRISE -- I have a pop quiz for you!
Put away your books, notebooks, and computer and electronic devices. Hmmm...on second thought, don't put away your computer or electronic device if that is how you are accessing this quiz. Instead, just take our honor code pledge that you won't cheat:
Raise your left hand (Emmett Lee Dickinson was left-handed...or "correct-handed," as he used to say):
"I, (state your name), as a Dickinson Organization Poetry Enthusiast (DOPE), do solemnly swear I will neither give nor receive unauthorized information regarding this work. I have followed and will continue to observe all regulations regarding it, and if I become aware of any violation of the Honor Code by others, I will report it."
Okay, here is the quiz. It's only one question:
1. In regards to beach-gate and Governor Chris Christie, which of the responses below is the most absurd:
A. That it happened at all.
B. That Christie denied that it happened -- until he found out that there were photographs.
C. That once Chistie found out that there were photos, he denied that didn't get any sun -- because he wore a baseball cap.
D. The photos of the Christie family -- where most of them appeared as tiny dots -- splayed out on the empty beach.
E. The fact that in one photo, Christie is staring right at the camera.
F. The memes that have resulted from the photos.
G.Christie's shameless chutzpah and explanation as to why this happened.
Interestingly, to me, the entirety of this scandal epitomizes metaphorically our federal government's and many states' governments agendas. We're not in the picture. We're in the VERY crowded beach down the shore -- out of sight, out of mind.
Pass the sun block, please.
Of course, all of this calls to mind a poem written in the 1800s by Emmett Lee Dickinson called "My Kingdom's -- like the Beach" (below on the left). That poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "My Garden -- like the Beach" (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
My Kingdom’s – like the Beach –
That’s not for you – you See –
That’s Summer –
Such as This – the Shore
It stretches – just for Me
By Emily Dickinson:
My Garden – like the Beach –
Denotes there be – a Sea –
That's Summer –
Such as These – the Pearls
She fetches – such as Me