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Best of Irish Poetry 2010
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Songs of Earth and Light
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Richesses: Francophone Songwriter Poets
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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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Mercedes Lawry poems in Switched-On Gutenberg
Mercedes Lawry poems in Caliban Online issues #6 & #8