Poetry

Poetry

On the Frontier, You Do as You Must

If you have a code, Johnny Completely, best to keep it in your poke. Cause if you’re fixin to stay above snakes, you’re gonna have to make smoke. And then when you finally bite the ground, tell Pete he’ll have to adjust. Cause rules may be just daisy for the […]

Poetry

A Limerick Ode to Mr. Carll

Paul Carll worked in the coal pits, But on Christmas Eve he called quits, And down by the crick, Lit a dynamite stick, In a flash he was blown clean to bits! Poor old Mr. Carll is the Christmas Eve ghost of my humble neighborhood, Dorothy Patch. Every year on […]

Poetry

Selected Mad Libs from Our Family Dinner Table

Candlemaker Crunch. Deck the stounge with poison ivy. Ralphie Boxbender wants only one thing for Arbor Day. Children bounce off the laundry room when you give them a vegetable. Second cousins mended socks and sewed cheeses over holes in clothes. It was November of 2016, and Armenia had a loud […]

Poetry

Halt

A tree across the road, the expected thing stops happening. The volley evaporates them into the forest like the mist or the deer whose skins they wear. The shrieking, from another world, but the lead pierces the boundary.