Friday, December 7, 2012

Beware of Poet

The white sign with bold lettering
has been tinged rusty orange by weather.
It is bolted to a worn wooden fence

and meant to warn passers of danger:
A madman may be tossing meter and rhyme.
Beware of poet!  Now you know; you've been told.

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 Poetis 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 (including issues #5 and #6) can be viewed online.


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