William F Dougherty

Rookie - 493 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Hic Jacet (Definitive) - Poem by William F Dougherty

The earwig perished on a page,
a scholar's life impressed, abridged;
thumb-notches deep in Webster's work
the curious mite inscribed his mark.

A flat insecticide, by chance,
the open jaws of reference
thumped against his scrounging form
as he sought shelter under 'fern, '

the syllable he trusted most
as camouflage, but wryly lost
that fraud of verbal frond,
indited in a lexicon.


Comments about Hic Jacet (Definitive) by William F Dougherty

  • William F Dougherty (4/16/2012 1:41:00 PM)


    Compare with 'Departmental' by Frost. (Report) Reply

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  • William F Dougherty (4/6/2012 1:39:00 PM)


    HicJacet-Here Lies-a revision of Definitive. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, May 14, 2012


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