Poetry

Light Verse Bake-Off: Submission Deadline almost here

The submission deadline for the Light Verse Bake-Off for Able Muse / Eratosphere is August 28 — this Friday.
 
John Whitworth, who is in charge of the event this year, is looking forward to your submissions. Details are available at http://www.ablemuse.com/erato/showthread.php?t=8416 .
 

The Dolphin

 

 

          The Dolphin

                       after Apollinaire

A Knight

 

 

          A Knight

                       Ephesians 6:16

Convalescent

          Convalescent

              You told me I looked well today,
              and maybe you were lying,

              but every time you look my way
              I do feel less like dying.

The Naughty Grotto

The Naughty Grotto

Nines

Nines

The Harvest

The Harvest

Eggbeater Denial

Eggbeater Denial

The handle turns the little wheel;
beaters spin with a ruffled sound
and whir and whirl around and round
to stiffen the glossy, lustrous mound,
inflating the glorious puffed erection
of eggs and cream and chocolate: mousse.
Gastronomy’s divine perfection!
And subsequently this confection
dissolves in my stomach, to congeal
its sordid fats in gastric juice
and impose another pound.

The Fly Between

The Fly Between

The Artificial Tongue

The Artificial Tongue

The dead around the tower seized
the artificial tongue,
which lapped half-truths in worn designs
and sang what had been sung.

They placed it gently in its box
and waited for false dawn
and ringed the tower in distress
when each had tried it on.

But when the dawn did not arrive,
they held their measured breath,
returned again to their graves
and died another death.

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