a poem about literary larceny

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There’s a certain time at the cereal bowl when I know to switch from pajamas to work pants and get on with it, program my feet for the agenda, roll with white socks. Being religious the day doesn’t really start ‘til, following Jesus, I wash my face by not letting my left hand know the soap’s in my right. My sliding roof top lunch pail is stacked with wax paper sonnets and red pepper slices stuck to butter. The folks at the ware house were surprised at my sudden fame despite voting me best dressed…


a poem of grief, grip, and gravity

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Our father had a favorite bird.
I whistled the wrong
song at the funeral, bobolink,
not cardinal. We three
sons stood like the Calvary
crosses at the foot of the hospice

The beginning began
at quitting time. During lunch,
in the church basement,
the dread of inherited sweaters
demands attention.
Inevitably posture, cowlicks,
and curls

are what we carry from
the empty room. Mother
bites back the assumption ancestors
are all dead, folds a short
stem rose
into a black bag. The new Monsignor

measures condolences from the stairs. The stained glass…

a poem about nurture, nature, and nazis among us

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A shovel comes to dirt in the slog of back and blade. A bed head mesh of lilac roots tempers the loam in a fete of grey skies and worm curl. The lopped topsoil, more a skin pigment than soul depth, lumps in a mole sized pyramid a human stride shy of potato mounds. The integration of potted lemons and blueberries to the wind gives young branches a shoulder test for the weight of fruit. Only a cop would cut stalk or boot the ground of oxygen. Planting a work best begun on a knee. Bad apples keep the doctors…

a poem lost in the hope

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The sun misses everyone murdered
shadows place the names.
Florists unveil the black daffodil
it is considered they did their part.

I’d rather write in my own blood
than read the news.
The words verdant and verdict
burn under a magnifying glass.

Mourning breaks the day open
like a cracked skull.
A press release hisses at courage
pretends mothers don’t read.

An exasperation rides the passenger seat
adjusts the hanging air freshener.
Reparation in larvae stage
sets a wing in motion.

Pulling over shifts the planet.
The flashing moonlight
fades like a pulse intent
on headlines.

The next day teachers…

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a poem about up ahead and left behind

an Equinox poem

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Bridge pigeon sports Mt. Fuji tramp stamp
on back folded wings, red eye bright as fish bait
scans the river, mate meadow trolling heron
flirting black bird circling the trellis
in a sun bright arc.

The geese wind calms, the flattened grass
bends back from winter, the yellow mallow
butters the field ponds in frog songs.
An abandoned grocery cart holds the high
water mark in tufts and rafted limbs.

Equinox, more timely than clocks spins the horizon to a golden dial lets lavender clouds whip the mingling set and stars saving the final blue for the…

Will Schmit

Poet . New book Head Lines Poems & Provocations is now available wherever books are sold, upon request. Www.schmitbooks.com for music downloads

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