READ A POEM
Another Fine Mess
by dan smith
You never quite got Laurel and Hardy.
The fat domineering one.
The skinny seemingly acquiescent one.
All that business with the hats.
Trying to get the piano ( too big )
through the doorway ( too narrow )
and then the insane destruction
unleashed on the entire house.
You have to laugh
at their Sisyphean efforts
because it’s not you
and you don’t notice that you are the piano
and your parents are destroying the house
thinking the piano unscathed
each blaming the other for the dissonance.
“Another Fine Mess” by dan smith, from While You Were Sleeping I Dreamt a Poem: Cleveland Salon 2013 Anthology. Kattywompus Press, 2013. Used by permission of the author.
is the author of three chapbooks: Crooked River
(Deep Cleveland Press), The Liquid of Her Skin, the Suns of Her Eyes
(Night Ballet Press) and Manic of Days
(Buckeye Midnight Press). His poems have appeared in the Rhysling Anthology, Dwarf Stars, Renegade Flowers: d. a. levy and the Digital Revolution Anthology, Zombies for a Cure Anthology, Smoke Mist and Mirror Anthology, Lip Smack Anthology, Jerry Jazz Musician
and most recently in Gas Station Famous.
Dan has received both a first and third place prize in the Hessler Street Poetry Contests.
WRITE A POEM
If you have ever been robbed, write an invective (a poem attacking or insulting) the thief. If you have never been robbed, write an incantation to keep thieves away.