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What? Me Worry?

Alfred E Neuman
Is one of my favourite
constructs

He was the face
Of Mad Magazine
Which taught me about satire
At an early age

As I grew
I realized that
Alfred had also helped
Me to identify
Things like
Irony and hubris
And that old standby
Bullshit

Little did Alfred
(or myself) know
That the world
would eventually become
Chock a block
With irony and hubris
And bullshit

Mostly bullshit

But the boy scout
Creed, which I learned
from pack leader Neuman
Clearly stated that
Good scouts always carry
A pocket mirror,
To look at whenever
You forget who comes
First in the world

And good scouts
Always carry an eleven foot pole
For the things you would not
touch with a ten foot pole

Sage advice.

Alfred was my mentor
My hero, my big brother
He taught me that
Giving into harmless madness
And becoming one with
Your own insanity
Is the only way
To live worry free

And though
At times I have tended
to display moderate amounts
of intensity
At my core
I stay true to the motto
of Alfred E Neuman

What? Me Worry?

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Jim Murray
Jim Murrayhttps://www.bebee.com/@jim-murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on beBee.com. I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.

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