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Sunday, October 24, 2010


by Steve Hellyard Swartz

“I apologize if you really think I shouldn’t have called Anita.”
“The court finds undeniably to be in favor of ya.”
“Oh, Clare, why is it that life is just so darn unfair?”
“You mean, as in: Coke Can v. Pubic Hair?”
“That darn Anita! She just didn’t need to–you know–go where she went.”
“Baby, some folks just don’t know the meaning of repent.”
“Maybe, though, this wasn’t the time for unwanted attention.”
“Is my baby girl frettin’ about her Tea Party connection?"
“Heck, Clare, is it so wrong for a gal to be in love with liberty?"
“Golly no – just as long as liberty runs a distant second to little me.”
“You know, when I heard the cockiness on her voice mail, Clare, 

          I lost any notion I had of flinchin'.”
“Yeah, well, what’s done is done. Now who here is in the mood 

          for a little low-tech lynchin’?”
“Oh, Clare, I do declare!”
“What’s fair is fair.”
“Oh, do go there! Do go there!”

(At this point, we lost our audio outright
So apologies to all, and to all a good night!)

Steve Hellyard Swartz is Poet Laureate of Schenectady, NY. He is a frequent contributor to New Verse News. Swartz is a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Patterson Review, The Southern Indiana Review, The Kennesaw Review, and online at Best Poem and switched-on gutenberg. He is the winner of a First Place Award given by the Society of Professional Journalists for Excellence in Broadcasting. In 1990, Never Leave Nevada, a movie he wrote and directed, opened at the US Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.