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Thursday, December 30, 2010


by Phyllis Wax

The old guy with his long white beard
has nothing to teach
his baby-faced replacement.

The child doesn’t need lessons    
in how to continue the journey
from war to war, from cruelty
to torture. It’s in his genes,
part of his DNA.

Phyllis Wax keeps up with the news in Milwaukee, WI, where she also muses on the prospects for the future.  Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Your Daily Poem, Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Ars Medica, Out of Line, Verse Wisconsin, Seeding the Snow, A Prairie Journal, The New Verse News and many other journals and anthologies.