Dialogue Of The Deaf
(Contributor and Editor)
C: Third time rejected? This is quite absurd!
Pecked full of holes as if by
some foul bird!
E: Fearless, I judge, no tame domestic fowl,
A sharp-eyed eagle, or a
wise old owl.
C. No! More a vulture, one who daily dines
On verbal beauties ripped from
E: Fastidiously just, I note what’s weak
And then insert that vital
C: Ham-handed! Blind!! Deficient in finesse!
Another stanza in severe
E. Whatever tricks that some submitters try
The doors are closed to
C . Reactionary poseur! Elitist! Cliché-mine!
Stick in the formal mud! Snob!
E: These epithets condemn you out of hand.
Henceforth your name is on
the list of banned.
If you have any thoughts on this poem, Jerome Betts would be
pleased to hear them.