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Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Natural Bridge, and others.  Thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she’s published two chapbooks, most recently Happy Darkness. She’s also published short fiction, essays and stories and poems for children and lives in Seattle.

 

 

 

I Tell You This, My Termagant

 

 

Toodle on, termagant,

my sister-soul, the mossy bottom layer

of myself. Play out enigmas

and discord; wink, wink,

your wry and cheeky sense wriggling        

laughs out of the very ones who cluck

at your dark palisades. Part snake

with a zippity tongue, sharp words spit

in a hiss-threat when you’re only aiming

at unadorned truth. Few like that.

 

Now, the body resembles spirit, furrowed,

saggy, plum bruised and a general sinking.

We are heading down, little termagant,

back to the parched earth so confused by misrule

it may not want us any longer.

We’ll freshen our scowls and survey

the remains, for we’re nothing if not on target,

          rings around the moon notwithstanding.

 

 

 

©2016 Mercedes Lawry

 

 

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