Reading the graffiti on the red stobie pole
I thought of all the common names that have made it
Into sayings. ‘Jack Me Off’, it ordered, possibly
A relation to ‘Jack Shit’. But there are others.
‘Happy as Larry’, though we never learn who Larry is
Or what he’s so happy about. Exasperatedly we say
For ‘Pete’s Sake’ without knowing who Pete is or why
Water in a creek bed is said to ‘peter out’. People say
To me, ‘Bob’s Your Uncle’ when they clearly do not know
Who my uncle is. And who was that uber Tom after whom
all sneaky voyeurs are named?