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  November 2015
volume 12 number 2
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Frank Praeger
November 2015
   

 

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art by paradoxius

    Frank Praeger is a retired research biologist who has had poetry published in both the American, and UK literary journals.

   

 

Descent

Twice I have started down
and twice I have remembered, stopped
by watchmen in the night.
A kind of surreptitious speech dogged each encounter,
a penchant for noise, a buzzing, then, a tick-tock,
and an ultimate vestigal formal cry - cock-a-doodle-doo -
and more I can no longer remember.

Would that I were not so willing,
beastly,
driven,
simple.

What of the remaining days,
a fester, unremarkable sore,
capitulating enumerating age spots,
vulnerable to winter's cold,
testy as wind and drifting snow.
What madness there is
remains in summer's mulishness,
it's uninspired cacophonous calls.

copyright 2015 Frank Praeger