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Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, A-head

05.23.10 Posted in Contributor Series 5, today's words by

Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae
By Alice Shapiro

Beating footprints over concrete
leave marks and shadows
if we turn to look.
The neck, curious as Lot’s wife
commands reversal
and possible blockage to a pleasant walk.
The head, that fragile instrument of peace
or evil
guides and reasons,
soothes, abuses
invests, invites, deletes.
Mine in particular is king
or queen subordinating limbs
and organs, feet
to do its bidding.

I am my head.
It is sometimes red and wrathful
green and cool
it takes me where it wants to 
an everlasting tool
like driver’s education school.
I cannot turn it off
even if it acts the Fool.
I plan to take it with me
in its spirit body
when a head no longer rules
this solitary earthly journey.

Alice Shapiro’s poetry will appear at vox poetica in 2010. For more of her work, please visit her web site.

23 Responses to “Contributor Series 5: Dramatis Personae, A-head”

  1. Thank you, Annmarie! You are an important force in the world of poetry.

  2. What an interesting way to explain ones anatomy. Lovely.

  3. My 88-year-old friend finds my “inanimate object” poems like this weirdly funny. Thanks so much Jeanette, I’m glad you liked it.

  4. bobbie troy says:

    Very clever title. I especially like:
    The head, that fragile instrument of peace
    or evil
    guides and reasons,
    soothes, abuses
    invests, invites, deletes.
    And I like the rhyming in the last stanza.

  5. Thanks Bobbie! It was a fun poem to write.

  6. Jessie Carty says:

    Love, love, love the comparison to Lot’s wife 🙂

  7. Thank you Jessie! A little salt for flavor.

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