and of course it was wrong
to label him as that – in just that tone of voice;
a touch of envy there, no doubt
'Speak up - no need to shout -I'm not THAT deaf! '
- do I have real reason to complain,
if years of partial listening have brought
now partial hearing in their fateful train?
The day before yesterday
they dealt with the terminally ill to free the hospitals.
they dealt with those who did not contribute to the economy.
Dear Jenny Joseph,
How are you getting along these days?
Now that you've hit our 'top poems' list?
Are you ashamed of your tiny smile?
Does it make you embarrassed?
Does it limit your social life?
Wouldn’t you like to draw all the chicks,
putting on one side
the inconvenient paradox
that I always seem to be
boring old me and yet
A deep breath; a sigh.. as if
you didn’t accuse yourself of this
every time you write a poem and
hoping to pretend it’s ‘ stretching
The Indians say
that the eater is the eaten.
We caught each other's eye