One Stanza Poem O070

Television evangelists – if united –
Would be much more efficient
At taking money from the public –
If they ever unite –
Then may I suggest
They get a common hot line number –
1 – 800 – 666 –
H – E – double hockey sticks

07.17.95 – 07.19.95



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.



Notes to this poem…

One Stanza Poem 069 that was finished before this one was actually started after this one. Quite often, when I am thinking about a subject and writing poems about them, at least one other idea will arise. Some are useful for the same poem and serve to create a theme of sorts, multiple examples. Others are different enough they turn into their own poems, or attempts because not all are finished. I never disregard an idea, always giving it a chance, even if I have my doubts. However, I do discard some after a while, albeit quite a while for some because if you scroll through this blog, you will see some poems that took over a year to complete because I let them sit and simmer in my heart until they fully develop. Winter Fantasie, for example, took over two years to complete without me losing patience over it.

As for this poem, it was just more of my cynicism and mockery of TV evangelists that I don’t need to repeat here after all the notes for One Stanza Poem 069. Somewhere in the chaos of ideas that floated through my head, came the rhymes of 666 and hell, said as h-e-double-hockey-sticks for those who don’t say the word as if it were a swear word. Realizing it could be a seven digit number and thus, a phone number, provided the idea of the toll free number like the evangelists often had for donations and there you go, you have this poem, written backwards, in a way.

With technology allowing for searches on anything in text or describable by text, I Google 1 800 666 H E double hockey sticks (or 1-800-666-4355). Interestingly enough, nothing was found. It’s one of those very rare real things you can Google for these days and not get anything in return. I wonder if someone knew to avoid it?

1-800-666-4 is about as close a number as you’ll be able to Google and find. I could just dial the number, of course, but for all I know, I could be dialing a transvestite sex line or something so I’m not. If you would like to dial 1800 666 4355 for me, please do and leave a comment! 🙂

This should be fun!

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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