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ODOP: public notice

Helios, small boy, went AWOL
one Saturday, an argument,
you see, for six days at
school, and shorter summers.
Twas summer in hijs feet
carried him from Drusis
and Marcon into copperfields
and realms of dragonflies.

And relieved they were at first,
of course, had a little vacation
with coronas, laid back in
quiet for the first time in six
years. But soon quiet became
silence, and they missed something;
something became him; now
in their memory he has
sunshine in his hair.
We took up a collection,
and if you go to the sandman
and fetch him back you will
be rewarded, to the tune of
six kupeks and ten rubles
and a half-off coupon for Ponti’s.

Copyright 2010 Jobey George

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GUEST ODOP: Perfect Woman

Today we host Lelo’s work from our poetry prompt exercise. Lelo received the unenviable prompts “slippers” and “Should one cut down a poisoned tree?”

He has waited, all his life, it seems
for a perfect woman to write poetry for
She approaches and he snags her,
dark and lovely thing,
woos her with jewels and chocolates,
wraps her tight in a white dress
pearls too heavy for that slender neck
a suffocated smile
takes her to the coast of Ireland
(what he always wanted)
sitting on the rocky beach and
sonnetizing to her, who gazes back
with a peculiar look in her eyes
and all he sees is love

She likes his curly hair
but not his overwrought verse
(reminds her of a former stalker)
one honeymoon night, still determined to appreciate him,
she hears his drunken sleep-talk
how he expects seven children at the least
Damn you, says the disgusted wife —
he never asked what kind of family she wanted
and now that tree is poisoned forever
she fells it swiftly
and takes her slippers with her.

Copyright 2010 by Lelo

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