Harriet’s gift to us.

September’s Poetry Magazine arrived,
enveloped for delivery and protection
against prying postage worker eyes,
I imagine.

I see some familiar names
from our ModPo readings –
people/poets I’ve come across –
I don’t get out like I used to.

The MFA crowd is represented,
No doubt, and they shouldn’t be given
a bad name – they paid dearly
for that credential.

There is a stunning foldout page
not quite at centerline –
with some lovely geometric esoterica –
Euclid would appreciate such beauty.
And a collage close to true center,
with eye-catching artwork and word work.

Towards the back there’s the list
of contributors – more names are familiar
than my earlier estimate – one name
lives here in my building!

The competitions are at the every back.
I have submissions at the ready –
But I dread the thought of judgement
And rejection. So I hold them close.

Author: Raymond Maxwell

https://raymmaxx.wordpress.com/ Librarian, archivist, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

2 thoughts on “Harriet’s gift to us.”

  1. I really like this, Ray. “So I hold them close” – it’s almost like sending one of your children into a competition, isn’t it? At least that’s how it’s come to feel for me.


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