Poets on-line graze in their pastures
nuzzling amusement and despair like
sugar cubes from a friendly palm.

Old stallions usually aloof
will drive in hard when young fillies
try their first staggering steps.

Swaggering young studs brash
and strangely pert declare dead poets
dead—new bloodlines faster than fast.

And sweetly swooning mares love all
throw sugar across the corral
like corn at harvest home.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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3 Responses to forum

  1. danae McC says:

    This is very, very good. You’ve certainly nailed the situation as it pertains to a particular poetry forum I lurk on daily.

    Your herd is so cleverly conceived and carried so skilfully
    through to the end, my hat’s in the air.

    (If you submit the poem online, I’d consider it a great favor if you’d share the reaction it receives.)

    Nice work! Thanks!

  2. riverwriter says:

    This was a case of what to leave out; there weren’t enough horses to go around. One rather active forum turned out to be a hotbed of teen angst; I found myself falling into the role of a teacher who had to give the same advice over and over and over . . .

    I currently take part in two forums and one poetry mailing list: Wild Poetry Forum, and Zeugma (which runs on my site, but which I do not run. URL: ), and the Zeugma list. The latter is a limited mailing list of poets who are vetted by a committee.

  3. danae mcC says:

    I like Wild. It’s a gentle forum, offers good resources for anyone who’s genuinely interested in writing. I think any experienced poet who participates there does it out of a love for teaching.

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