Doggerel: Songs of the Buffalo

Westward Doe!

In 1998 the Doe returned to the University of Florida, where she had been an undergraduate, and got a Master of Arts degree in journalism. Then she drove back to the San Francisco Bay Area. I wrote this poem for her then. The Italian epigraph is a swipe at T. S. Eliot, who used it… Read More »

Posted da Screed

In 1998 the Doe was active in The Well, an on-line community of which I was not a member. One of my imprisoned clients asked me to post a notice on the Internet for him. Having nowhere to post it, I asked her to put it up on there. She promised to do it, but… Read More »

The Indispensable Doe

The Doe is a newspaper reporter by profession, an endangered species in the present age. She was often concerned that her job might be eliminated and that she might be laid off. Despite many waves of layoffs this never happened to the Doe; in my view this was because she had made herself indispensable to… Read More »

I Know the Doe to Be a Blonde

The Doe was sometimes elusive and withdrawn, and this concerned the Buffalo. Here are three lyrics designed to flush the Doe from her covert. I KNOW THE DOE TO BE A BLONDE I know the Doe to be a blonde,And of her blondness I am fond.If someone says she’s a brunette,I think that person is… Read More »

Still Elusive Is the Doe

The Doe was sometimes elusive and withdrawn, and this concerned the Buffalo. This is one of three lyrics designed to flush the Doe from her covert. STILL ELUSIVE IS THE DOE Still elusive is the Doe.She wanders silent through the wood.I am a bit concerned, althoughI’m sure she’d call me if she could. A deer… Read More »

Yo! Yo’ Mai’box Be Fu’!

The Doe was sometimes elusive and withdrawn, and this concerned the Buffalo. This is one of three lyrics designed to flush the Doe from her covert. YO! YO’ MAI’BOX BE FU’! When push comes to pull,And then push comes to shove,Your mailbox is full,Like the wings of the dove. As a figure of speech,The above… Read More »

Birthday Greeting to the Doe

This doggerel was written for the Doe on her birthday, August 25, 2013, while I was in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz Ala-Too Mountains rise just outside Bishkek. I was probably the only Jew in Bishkek on that day. The number 28 is, let us say, an approximate value. O noble Doe, O graceful Doe,O Doe… Read More »

Birthday Song for the Doe

The Doe lives almost exclusively on broccoli and rice cakes. That circumstance prompted this birthday paean. Copyright © 2015 by Joe Buffalo Happy Birthday to the Doe! Happy Birthday to the Doe!The years have left undimmed her glow. The years have left undimmed her glow.She toils, but yet she also spins – She toils, but yet she also… Read More »

Birthday Message for the Doe

Tried to call on the phone just to sayHappy Birthday the buffalo way.  But your phone doesn’t ring,  So I can’t chant or sing“Many Happy Returns of the Day.”