An Alphabet Mnemonic
By Richard Flavin


A-B-G-D
the bull shit outside
turned and stood on its horns
respecting home's hovel
heavy stick scratched the door
making Mark
H-V-Z-cH
peering without shuttered within
binding privations securely
away away here no one is welcome
T-Y-K
disbelieve in lies and twistory
clenched fist shakes
fingers unfurl emptying a hand
L-M-N
living life shares much with fishing
into the water searching
the vastness yet so few fish
S-O-P-tS
firm footed and wide-eyed
a breath of exaltation
baiting desire always works
Q-R-Sh-T
reminder what when and where
long in beard and short of tooth
bull shit at home where you live
Mark’s end.

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