INTERVAL ONE: A Flurry Of Fours

Traditional Cornish pasty

Glo Curl: G7 Tastes Cornwall

The bunting fluttered gaily in the breeze
As leaders gathered at the seaside venue.
They sampled fresh caught fish and local cheese
But the humble pasty never made the menu.

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L.A. Mereoie: Sunt Lacrimae Rerum

Alas, in a corner with other old bits in
Lies a jumble of debris that no longer fits in,
A low-tech device with no digital nits in ‒
The mangle the Duchess, they say, caught her . . .

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Martin Elster: James T. Kirk

On March 22nd, 2233, James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise
opened his newborn eyes
to the riches of time, space, and many a race
of aliens who all spoke flawless English and had a humanoid face.

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Russel Winick: Senior Multi-Tasking

You start doing something you thought of,
But think of a new task right then.
Completing the first one much later,
Once it’s been remembered again.

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Jane Blanchard: After Doctor Faustus

Rethinking what I have just read –
Except for Helena “all . . . dross” –
I sleep – then wake – as yet not dead –
On last night’s strand of dental floss –

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Butterfly on white flowers

Robin Helweg-Larsen: Days

Where do they go, the days, twirling around?
Leaves in a dust-devil, swirled on the ground –
Water makes whirlpools just touching a drain –
Then the basin is empty. And no days remain.

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Bradford Gyori: World War Me

My body’s a battlefield with two different fronts,
Hairline and waistline, both fighting at once.

My body’s a battlefield, but nobody’s winning.
Hairline and waistline, the wrong one keeps thinning.

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Tony Peyser: Yet Another Update From Linked In.

Congrats on your work anniversary, Jim!
It isn’t just by luck as well. You are
A guy with talent to be sure. Disclosure:
I have no idea who the hell you are.

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Claire Booker: Rhyme for the Aspiring Poet

Catch a poem by the toe –
if it wriggles, don’t let go.

Grip it tight because its heart
is why you held on from the start.

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Pat D’Amico: A Little Prayer

Please, blessings not curses
On those who edit:
They add thoughtful tweaks and
I get the credit.

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Jerome Betts: Inscription For A Bookplate

Dear borrower, leave undefiled
These pages you wish to peruse
Or may all your lines be reviled
By critics in vicious reviews.

Bookpile bookplate