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. Updates

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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