Lacewings Lament/ Mike Jewett

when serpents bargain for the right to squirm
and the sun strikes to gain a living wage-
when thorns regard their roses with alarm
and rainbows are insured against old age
(e.e. cummings, When Serpents Bargain for the Right to Squirm.)

small ow.ly thing
hooting at the grouch of rose
buds in full gloom
lilting so hilting
swoops in to beak-feast
at the lair of the white worm
her hon-eyed musk
merci merci me
lest we follow full-term
when serpents bargain for the right to squirm

and when luna finds sol in her debt
lacewings lament Tamm
any Hall
Rosy are his hands when hung
On the Día de los               Muertos
while striking on her page-
boy lovelocks
Ears all filled-                    concertos
at the most indigo mph
and the sun strikes to gain a living wage-

pego-mastax afear
when quills of porcupine
soldier forward
and dreamily hues aCCompany:
shouting: “on march les
gendarmes”
ser pentine scales griPPing
staCCato ground
eGG-carton flowers decorate decorum
when thorns regard their roses with alarm

old age brings the rainbows beards
SWLABR pig!mentation
so many
jilted so tilted
fantastic colors
(but the rainbow has a mustache)
the sensual sidewind
ing
freedom’s suCCubus oscillating,swirling away
and rainbows are insured against old age

 

 

Mike Jewett is the editor and publisher of Boston Poetry Magazine. He has been writing poetry on and off for over 15 years and has been published most recently in Orion Magazine with Sally J. Johnson, Lyrical Somerville, Nostrovia! Poetry, tweetspeak,VerseWrights, and The Bitchin’ Kitsch. In 2013 he won first and third place in poetry contests. He has also been featured on poetry.com. The poem ‘Lacewings Lament’ first appeared here.

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