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Sunday, July 31, 2011


by Martha Deed

Smoke is coming out of my ears
I am close to falling flat on my angst
Paragraphs from old history texts
give me vertigo of the pickle
I have fireflies in my stomach
and I long to sink into a swamp of bigotry
where my biases could calm me
or join a sect that disbelieves in debt
My constitution is frozen
sharp as a trout Reality is too much for me
and I am too awake
for the sleep of the doomed
Cable TV is a form of harassment
My budget is weeping
and the finches have rejected
my 2-for-1 birdseed
Truly this is a time
to test men's biceps

Martha Deed lives in North Tonawanda, NY.  Recent publications include The November 2010 Project,  The Lost Shoe (Naissance) and City Bird: Selected Poems (1991-2009) by Millie Niss, edited by Martha Deed. She has previously published at The New Verse News.  Her blog: