Poetry Project: Rhonda G. “The Optimist’s Dilemma”

My Aunt Rhonda, of Ohio, sent me her favorite quote:
“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole”–Anon. I purposely made this poem very lighthearted. I felt it was a necessity, given the subject matter.

The Optimist’s Dilemma

Glazed or no,
Risen or cake,
Frosted or plain,
Which one should I take?

Do I want chocolate or maple?
Sprinkles or nuts?
Sugar-frosted or jelly-filled?
Doesn’t matter, I need a doughnut!

There are so much to choose from,
The variety is quite mean,
but why limit myself?
A baker’s dozen is thirteen!

I’ll have the best of the best,
one of each, please.

The one with the bacon-bits,
and the one with cream cheese.

My taste buds are happy,
My stomach is full,
My wallet is empty:
I brought home the holes.

A plain glazed donut. This was bought at a Dun...
Heaven on Earth, and in my mouth.


5 thoughts on “Poetry Project: Rhonda G. “The Optimist’s Dilemma”

  1. I want to pursue a major in creative writing, and eventually become a fiction writer, but my question is, besides teaching english (which I NEVER picture myself doing), what is there for someone with a creative writing degree to do before they have written any books. My mom says a degree in creative writing is like signing up to work at Starbuck’s until i get published, is this the case?.

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