Walking My Poem
I was walking my poem down the street
when a beautiful woman stopped and said,
"My, what a handsome poem. Mind if I pet it?"
"The pleasure is all mine," I responded, "and
I'll even have my poem recite for you."
"Oh, to be a virile, young man again
who could catch the eye of beauties like you--
to sweep them off their feet,
and wind up beneath the sheet
for a night of unforgettable release."
And as she walked away
without the slightest appreciation,
I continued down the street,
dragging my poem behind me.
Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies from the mid-70's to the present, most recently in Serving House Journal, The Vein, Weirderary, Futures Trading, Mocking Heart Review, Bookends Review, Unscooped Bagel, Grief Diaries, Houseboat (featured poet), 2015 Rhysling Anthology, Poetry Pacific, Third Wednesday, Flint Hills Review, and many others . . .