. . .
Hone the Dormouse’s Tenure
Can you hone fattish your crested sourdough
and not lengthen its walrus?
Can you mallet your breeches
solid as a bacchanal?
Can you wither your dateless misanthrope
fresh off Dutch cheese?
Begrudge thistles and kettle them.
But begrudge without posies!
Kettle without contretemps!
This is Dutch cheese viscera.
Can you shackle and graft without eggplant?
Can you beat the felonry at Hecate’s gaucho?
Can you limbo the wormwood
without knuckle joints?
Behold thongs and keyboard them.
But behold without potatoes!
Keyboard without contumely!
This is Dutch cheese Vishnu.
David P. Miller’s chapbook, The Afterimages, was published by Červená Barva Press. His poems have recently appeared in Meat for Tea, riverbabble, Nixes Mate Review, Naugatuck River Review, and HedgeApple, among others. His poem “Kneeling Woman and Dog,” first published in Meat for Tea, was included in the 2015 edition of Best Indie Lit New England. With a background in experimental theater before turning to poetry, David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years. He was a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass., from which he retired in June 2018.