John W Sexton – Chatterbag of Rhyme

john W Sexton LEP&W V2 Dec 2022

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Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Two December 2022.

Chatterbag of Rhyme, poems by John W Sexton.

A Geography and History Lesson

In Fourteen-Hundred and Ninety-Two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
his task to prove the world was round
but the opposite case is what he found

Some said the world was contained in a tin
floating inside, held tight within
Some said the world was surely square
its inner core composed of hair

But Columbus discovered the world
as flat as a page
the oceans pouring
at every edge

Of course, when he got home
he told lies by the pound
and swore to God
that the world was round

But every cartographer
since those days
has drawn the world
as flat as a page

Contents of the Seven Day Wardrobe

Monday’s dress is made from dust.
On Tuesday she wears a coat of rust.
Wednesday calls for boots of stone
and Thursday’s the day for a hat of foam.
Friday is cold, so a coat of fire,
and Saturday’s feet have socks of wire.
Sunday she spends all day in bed,
snuggled under a blanket of lead.

The Simplest Accessory
Can Save You Money

Observe the fly
upon the ceiling;
his swagger wondrous
and appealing.
Not one black coin
falls from his pocket,
for velcro fastening
does tightly lock it.

@ John W. Sexton

John W. Sexton’s poetry is widely published and he has been a regular contributor to Live Encounters. A collection of experimentalist poetry, The Nothingness Kit, is due in December 2022 from Beir Bua. In 2007 he was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in Poetry.

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