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  101.     

Beastly Ideas

We humans like to think of ourselves
As being
Better than the animals
Smarter, and undoubtedly closer
To God.

Yet animals are forever true
To their God-given natures
Communicating well-enough
With canny precision
In languages we are perhaps

Too arrogant
To understand.

(Previously published in Poetry: Soul to Soul, Jan. '05)
 
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  102.     

Begin, Begat, Begone

The past infects the present
Ever present poison
Must be
Expunged
Sucked through thin
Psychic skin
Spat 'tween
Clenched teeth
Rage released
In the stillness of a pristine moment
Cleansed
Is
The soothing elixir
...of the soul.


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place for Poetry, Nov-Dec '99)
 
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  103.     

Below Freezing

The poet was found
Shriveled and blue
In the back of a convenience store freezer
Someone forgot to take him out
Set him next to the cash register
Where he could inhale enough fumes
To keep himself alive.

Oh well
At least we know the TV dinners won’t spoil.


(Previously published in CER*BER*US, # XLVI)
 
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  104.     

Bernhardt on Her Knees

She was a brilliant actress
I’d seen her play Medea
But shy in nature, no beauty
To be sure, she wasn’t
Visible to bean-counting
Suits munching sandwiches
In cramped audition rooms
Wielding cell phones like
Stilettos to spear a deal.

She could have been a star
A talent for the ages
But golden opportunity never came
In modest insecurity she
Toiled under hot lights
Making bland commercials
The homely housewife scrubbing
Floors.


(Previously published in Apollo's Lyre, Spring '07)
 
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