Richard Dates

Rookie (jan.29.1945 / Oak Park, IL)

Biography of Richard Dates

I have been a teacher for many years. I previously taught in the Chicago area and now teach in New Mexico and have also been active in poetry groups and performance poetry in both areas.

I write many types of poetry. Some is quite serious, while much of my work is meant to be humorous and sometimes provocative.

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Messenger Of Spring

The first mosquito
Of Spring
Showed up today,
Harbinger of muggy mornings,
Sweating, sweltering summer days,
She’s a beauty,
Swelling her belly with my blood
But a swift swat sends this
Minute messenger of misery
Back to the future
Where she belongs.

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