Without Bite

years back
unthinking
how fast
circumstances
can change
I wrote
a poem
if you want to
call it that
it was more
a jest
a meager barb
with very
little point
and in it
I wrote
how fortunate
the readers
of the poetry
super highway
website were
because
as poet of the month
for whatever month
of whatever year
that was
I had
only four
poetical assaults
on display
thanks to
the fact
that
I’d not had
one friend
or lover die
to fuel
my morbid muse
but fast forward
what’s close
to two decades
and I can only recall
fondly
back to when that was true
and wish
that toothless jape
hadn’t grown
at my expense
the long terrible fangs

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