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Posted by : cj on Monday, April 02, 2012 - 08:44 AM
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THE CAPP AWARDS


Neal Whitman, 2012 CAPP Runner Up




Take My Word for It

I found a ruby apple in the Libyan desert.
I broke it off its amber stem and put in on my desk
where its odor enabled me
to write verse without rhyme or reason
which entice people to laugh or cry.
Tears are easy. It takes a brave poet
to be a clown.

I held an armor of glass
in front of the dragon. No,
not Puff, the friendly one. This one
guarded the cave with fire breath. But, seeing his reflection
a thousand-fold in the mirror I held up to it,
ran and left me its word trove.
Soft words butter no parsnip.

I took a razor to my ears
and cut longish hairs growing on them
a gene passed on from an elf
on my mother's maternal aunt's side of the family.
Now I can find lost keys and morphemes left under the ledge.
Now I am a man of my word, depend on it.
That old saw, "Read between the lines" is rubbish.





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