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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


by Brian Beatty

A barking stray

trying to bite the whirling wind


gusts that blow loose 

front pages 


out of those locked

newspaper machines they rattle open 

across the street  


then paste up

against the locked windows and doors

of our locked house


like so many rain-soaked shutters

made from the world’s

cruel jokes


the latest black-and-white bad news

we would rather ignore

right there


in our faces 

demanding we must pay  

for what we’ve seen 


— that dog 

with its hot breath

likewise tells us 

more about ourselves 

than any of us knew before.

Brian Beatty's jokes, poems and stories have appeared in numerous print and digital publications.