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Issue # 7 May 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Levi Wagenmaker (1944 - ) is a retired journalist, living in the Netherlands for most of the year, and in France for some of it, with two bitches, one of whom a dog, and a younger male, something of a dog also. His poems have been published on line more than in print, and Google will tell the curious what, where, and when.

Levi Wagenmaker

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irrelevance of cuckoos

clouds and their blankety-blank
leeched light from the early afternoon
a low growl of thunder took a skid
along their upturned bellies
to usher in a shower short but sharp

for a spell they had sought cover
in silence but already birds
are back to whistling up defiance
of forecasts with mention of further
incidentally sprung leaks in legions afloat

a cuckoo voices doubts but dogs
three in number are asleep in
good faith and agile positions
to be able to sleep with nose stuck
between one's feet renders cuckoos irrelevant