Well, it’s Dye Day aka John’s 42nd birthday! Or nearly so or
recently was, depending on when you check your email. This year
we decided to pay tribute to many of the roles that make up John’s
career-- past and present. In verse. Because Jenni is a
nerd. We hope you enjoy it! Also, just a warning
that we cheated a bit on some of the stricter poetry form rules but hey
not like we’re getting paid for this.
Jenni and Karen
happy birthday to you wherever you are!
on quite a career, you wonderful star!
thought this year we'd pay tribute to your roles
loved some, like Andrew, who enlivened our souls
despised some, like Bob and the rest of the cads
in the end we enjoyed watching all of these lads
gave voice and emotion and good looks to em all!
now, Birthday Boy, let's start your role call!
they’re so fun and, we hope, quite delightful
have some limericks to get us off on a roll!
once was a bell hop named Andy Broom
thought his book would lead to a financial boom
instead he was wrongly arrested and rendered unfree
his book found to be plagiarized Dostoevsky
Andy's lucky he didn't end up in a tomb!
once was a vet named Ray
worked with lizards and snakes all day
loved a girl, his devotion she just didn't see
now may be he's singing Del Amitri's "Roll to Me"
maybe, one day, her heart to him will sway!
once was a pilot called "The Nerd"
had as crazy a plot as you've ever heard.
played the yuppie Willem Boyd
dance scene is something not to avoid!
I'm glad he went with TBAA, it's less absurd!
once was a student named Skip
colorful wardrobe was really a trip
pink and green he looks a bit goofy now
genius thought it was cool then and how!?
who among us didn’t once think Day-glo was hip?
limericks were fun but there’s other poems to do!
what follows are some tributes in the form of haiku!
tempts, he goes
power, women cry
out for the gun
grow wild and mean
calls and life goes by him
there campus man
thought but little concern
the end... splash!
kick, jab, jump, breathe
to be best of the best
more characters to go but we’ll switch to a different vein!
we hope you enjoy this handful of poems called cinquain!
signs and wit
lover in Georgia
you found peace, you sad hippie
will be a child born to her
the rich brat
of money calls him
murder, court trials follow
to revive a flame
to find the past is past
speed chases, danger
rolls, gun fires, John Dye fans scream!
those characters sure showed off John’s superb acting strength
we really loved the next two and toast them now at a lil more length
Lover, teacher, friend, son, another birthday boy
Watching sunsets on the beach, a metaphor for life
Chocolate black out cake, helping others were your joy
Kind, brave, and loving we wish you'd not had strife
Working bittersweet memories into a square of a quilt
You wondered about your own impact on those you'd leave
You thought of the relationship that needed rebuilt
Thank God for a friend who made your mother believe
And so on your birthday your prodigal mother came
Tearfully, she hugged her baby, her miracle, her child
How proud she must have been of the man you became
Together, mother and son, you cried and you smiled
For there, in her arms, of her acceptance you were made aware
It was there in the form of a great big black and red teddy bear.
Andrew, angel of death, beloved child of Love
You made death seem not so dark nor bad
Hearts grew a bit merrier when you came from above
In fact, you made many an Androoler quite glad
We loved you dancing with an umbrella in the rain
We adored your hair, smile, your words so wise
Heck, you may have even driven some of us insane
And oh when you cried there were tears in our eyes
At the Wittenbergs, on the ranch, in the maze
Tinkering with the caddy, dancing with Angel Girl,
Teasing Tess and helping others on nights and days
On and on eight years of nice, sweet memories swirl
Some of us miss you still cause Manion scares us
But, hey, as long John's happy I'm not gonna fuss
We’ve come to the end now, weren’t sure we could it!
But first there’s a few things we ought to admit
We skipped over Colin, Mark, and ZZ Top guy
Greg, Jack, and pink spandex man we passed by
And probly some others we just don’t know
But maybe next year we’ll give em a go
And maybe even have more characters to see
We’ll celebrate them then when John turns forty three!
But for now we just hope John enjoys his next year
We hope he has fun, spends time with those near and dear
And may all of his very best dreams come true
And we hope all of this for our dear readers too!