Friday, March 3, 2017

Poem in My Pocket

The poem in my pocket is a little gray mouse.
I found it early this morning, wandering
casually around the house.

It jumped into my pocket sans warning
and whispered in my ear,
Take me with you.

I did not know it was “poem-in-your-pocket”
or “take-your-mouse-to-work” day.

Of course, it may have just looked like a mouse.
It could have been a miniature
miniature Chihuahua
named Brutus, or Cesar Romero,
or Spot.

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
It does not heed my Shakespearean plea—
the mousy Chihuahua stays.


An early version of  "Poem in My Pocket," as well as my poem "Ars Domestica" (which is included in my chapbook The Good Parts (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press)), was published in Poems From the Far Hills, the second collection of work by the Wright Library Poets, compiled and edited by Elizabeth C. Schmidt, made possible by the Wright Memorial Public Library in Dayton, Ohio.


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