National Poetry Month (21/30): Potshot in 5-7-5

Potshot by Robert B. Parker

I loved all of these,
But this one had the whole gang.
When Parker died:  tears.

(Potshot is an homage to The Magnificent Seven, and brought back lots of familiar characters from previous installments in the Spenser series.  I read every one of Parker’s Spenser novels, and when I heard he had died (Parker, not Spenser), I really did cry. I had been reading the series since high school — almost 20 years — and the gang felt like family.  The series has been continued by other authors, but I haven’t read any of the 2-3 that have been published so far.  I’ll get around to it at some point, I’m sure.  But it won’t be the same.)

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(Participate in National Poetry Month! Add your own haiku in the comments, and I’ll post my favorite reader contributions in May!)

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One Response to “National Poetry Month (21/30): Potshot in 5-7-5”

  1. RogerBW Says:

    Good folks in trouble –
    Bad folks too. Fortunately
    Rough men stand ready.

    My girlfriend calls this
    Sentimental thuggery
    But I still like it.

    Meg, your review here
    Of Painted Ladies last year
    Made me read the lot.

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