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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Italian from UCLA. She has lived for many years as an expat in Milan, Italy, becoming a volunteer nurse and first aid instructor for the Italian Red Cross. Her works appear in several publications, including Boston Literary Magazine, The Fib Review, Victorian Violet Press, Lucid rhythms, Status Hat, Tilt-a-Whirl and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She is the proud winner of the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest.

Lois Elaine Heckman

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(an allegorical triolet on superbia)


The bantam rooster struts his stuff.
He'll never know how small he is,
with no one there who'll call his bluff.
The bantam rooster struts his stuff,
but brag and swagger aren't enough,
for chicken soup is all he is.
The bantam rooster struts his stuff.
He cannot know how small he is.