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Tuesday, March 02, 2010


Poem by Charles Frederickson; Graphic by Saknarin Chinayote

The guilt and shame for
Having barely managed to survive
Stab deeper than tormenting pain
Rusty blade decayed tissue gangrene

Gold frankincense myrrh Magi gifts
Moral parables unlucky thirteen apostles
Loaves miraculously become communion wine
Stale crumbs feeding unfledged squabs

Brut champagne bubbly effervescence flat
Bottled up decanter crystal stopper
Clear-cut glass refractive gazer prisms
Losing undiluted aromatic essence potency

Tearful artesian well stonily hardhearted
Sunken wishes rising to surface
Disgraced swans awkward ugly ducklings
Never learning how to swim

Mortals survive anything except death
Live down whatever save virtue
Unconvincing rooster eggs bullswhip justifications
Fearful humiliation sneaking up behind

Shaky existence shrieking boomerang horrors
Anguished echoes keep coming back
Taunting anima hurt deep inside
Unhealable scars festering crusty scabs

No Holds Bard Dr. Charles Frederickson & Saknarin Chinayote together comprise PoeArtry. Flutter Press has just published Charles’ new chapbook fanTHAIsies.