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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Laurice Gilbert is Vice-President of the New Zealand Poetry Society, after 8 years as Empress of Everything. She has had poems published in many NZ journals and anthologies, as well as publications in Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK, and Israel. She published her first collection, My Family & Other Strangers, in December 2012 and her second book, a joint collection with Portuguese poet Hugo Kauri Justo, will be published shortly. She's in recovery after an extended period of poetry burnout.

Laurice Gilbert

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Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be

Most minds are about as lemon as they scrunch up their mouths to be

Most lemons are as metal as they pare their mottled skins to be

Most metals are as deep as they train their house pets to be

Most pets are as touched as they let their humans be

Most humans repeat what they hope to be

Most folks hope