self-portrait with cats, with purple, with stacks of half-read books adorning my desk, with coffee, with mug, with yesterday's mug. self-portrait with guilt, with fear, with thick-banded silver ring, painted toes, and no make-up on my face. self- portrait with twins, with giggles, with sister at last, with epistrophy, with crepescule with nellie, with my favorite things. self-portrait with hard head, with soft light, with raised eyebrow. self- portrait voo-doo, self-portrait hijinks, self-portrait surprise. self-portrait with patience, with political protest, with poetry, with papers to grade. self- portrait as thaumaturgic lass, self-portrait as luna larva, self-portrait as your mama. self-portrait with self at sixteen. self-portrait with shit-kickers, with hip-huggers, with crimson silk, with wild mushroom risotto and a glass of malbec. self- portrait with partial disclosure, self-portrait with half-truths, self-portrait with demi-monde. self- portrait with a night at the beach, with a view overlooking the lake, with cancelled flight. self- portrait with a real future, with a slight chance of sours, with glasses, with cream, with fries, with a way with words, with a propositional phrase.
effect shrewd preferences
the screed seen here blesses
the sweet, the meek, the gentle,
the serene. let eyes ensembled
peep the news sheets: ere
december descends, we'll elect
the next pres, reps, etc. when
we welter, cede the wheel,
we let greed-questers enter
(well-dressed jerks!). they send
themselves the green we need,
help themselves fleece the sheep
we be. we're the perfect prey!
the press sleeps the sleep we
deserve, then bleeds berserk
text between celeb tweets. we'd
best reject the mess, steer
the fleet between these repellent
hells. veer! swerve! reverse!
here's the pledge: we'll expect
better press. elect the decent
men, the keenest shes. revere
sense. never feed spleen lest
we weep endless weeks, red-
eyed, bereft. let excellent pens
represent the experts' ken, help
peeps remember key elements.
let's select well. we'll revel yet.