|Jul/Aug 2010 Poetry|
Sweet William, Poison Ivy
Homer's mythic Penelope is a rose,
with thorns for deceivers.
Begin with her,
whose approximates are everywhere esteemed.
Machiavelli's mythic Prince is a sumac
with poisonous attributes.
Continue with him,
whose adherents are everywhere suspect.
Goethe's mythic Werther is an aspen,
quivering with every breeze.
whose sorrows are everywhere familiar.
Here too are honeysuckle,