The white sign with bold lettering
has been tinged a rusty orange by weather,
but it is bolted tightly to the wooden fence.
I hung the sign to warn passers of danger.
A madman might be tossing meter and rhyme.
Beware of poet! You've been told; now you know.
The ranting could be endless, and the muttering—
the sputtering—could last deep into the night.
Don't get too close; you could catch it.
There is pathos unleashed in the yard,
and it could envelop your soul. If you’re not careful,
you could get slobbered on for life.
"Beware of Poet" is included in the Fall 2012 issue (#6) of Mock Turtle Zine, a local print journal in Dayton, Ohio.
In addition, my poem "An Ubi Sunt for the Bees" is reprinted in this issue of the zine. It was originally included in issue #5.
Issues of Mock Turtle can be viewed online.