How to Improve My Writing Skills
I will have to die and rise each morning,
or later, depending,
an uncertain hybrid of our Lord,
the pansies outside my window,
and maniacal bad guys in worse movies
for whom there is always a sequel;
ignore the bathroom mirror till it isn't blank;
ride my bicycle to China;
and get through this day, if
that is still possible.
Ed Shacklee is a public defender who represents young people in the District of Columbia. His poems have appeared in 14 by 14, Light Quarterly, New Verse News and Strong Verse, among other places.