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“Odor of Sanctity”

Odor of Sanctity James Mansfield Nichols The body is detritus wrested free From the last-minute clutch of agony. The mortal launchpad of a soul now lies Charred by the life’s fierce burn, the prey of flies. The faithful fight for … Continue reading

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“The Odds”

The Odds If you’re a person given to gambling, What odds would you lay on the following: A grizzled dude straddling his big Harley Presents his better half as his “old lady”? His better half (who sports a lovely tan) … Continue reading

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“Sock Hop Bop Flop”

Sock Hop Bop Flop An Admonitory Fable for Tragedies Averted (To all my students who made it through graduation) Bee-Bop-A-Ree-Bop, A lockdown jam, A lockjawed ham, Good golly, Miss Molly, Lookin’ hot damn! Bee-Bop-A-Ree-Bop, A hounddog dude, Blue suede shoe’d, … Continue reading

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“Vassar Pembroke Confronts the Spanish Language Teacher”

Vassar Pembroke Confronts the Spanish Language Teacher Vassar Pembroke busts his chops, Spits her mind with no preamble, Says his teaching method flops According to her daughter Campbell. “Campbell says she’s not inspired. You do not motivate her much. Your … Continue reading

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“Madame Declines”

Madame Declines She revels in how much she couldn’t eat, And favors guests with bite-by-bite accounts Of steaks foregone and casseroles’ defeat, Sweets unsavored, succulence renounced, Salads, fruits, and relishes galore Spurned with a disdainful “Nevermore!” She weighs in mightily … Continue reading

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“Sonnet: Day of a Salesman”

Sonnet: Day of a Salesman He spoke of where he had to go, greater doings, how and when; what he was for now he did not seem to know, knitting his brow often over it but none the wiser. He … Continue reading

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“Dinosaur Feathers!”

Dinosaur Feathers! A dinosaur with feathers? Well I’m sure! The spectacle’s more than I can endure. Next, mules are born with earrings, snakes have knees, And furry goldfish populate the seas. I can just as well believe those things As … Continue reading

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