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Monday, February 22, 2010


by Robert M. Chute

Cpl. Candide returns from his fourth
Afghan tour to find Pangloss in command.
Pundits say, since this is the only world
there is it’s the best he’s going to get.
Reading the paper while waiting in line
at the unemployment office the veteran
finds good news: the market shows signs
of life. He turns to the comic page.

Tiger of the fairways calls from the clubhouse
to apologize for his frolics in the rough
but redemption will depend on ratings.
His trophies have already been discarded.

Off Hyannisport a phantom sailboat
has been seen, fully rigged, unmanned,
outward bound across Nantucket Sound.

Robert M. Chute's book of poetry based on scientific articles, Reading Nature, is available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.