“Ode to Pac-Man”
by AJ Huffman
by Riley Welcker
With dash and dance down round the dills,
half past the puddin’ please,
fast circling you, fast circling me,
it’s love; we finally meet;
and with a tip-tap-slip-a-tisk,
my insides give a leap.
This is how we were meant to be:
the world I leave the wild
white lilacs of your china plate—
a new life love has nipped for me—
to totter on your silver tines,
a sweet green garden pea.
I rise to your full lovely lips
and quiver wistfully
on rosy rills and courtly dips,
oh! Heavenly delay;
for you, my love, I sacrifice
my mush to mute your May.