Friday, May 6, 2016

JD DeHart- Three Poems

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher.  His chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available from RedDashboard.

Alligator in a Suit

There he stands, the pristine
scaled skin glowing in the sun,
the flat mouth opening and closing,

rows and rows of teeth,
molar cufflinks, and a killer
smile while he does his daily work.

Long Flowing Locks

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel,
let down your hair,” he said,
but this was no fairy tale,

there was no castle, only
a sawed off in the hands of
an angry future father-in-law,

a rusted truck in a grassy front
yard, and a Southern drawl
coming from queenly lips.


As a catch the creature
sliding on my plate, I note
those around me who

move their jaws in the slow
rhythm of the field,

who watch me dig in to 
sinew and bone with a look
of disdain only found

in some restaurants.

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