01.11.2019
Weekly poem on Trump Presidency

 

MICHELLE BITTING

Ode To My Red Swingline Stapler

It’s a hot Sriracha taco

On a cold winter’s day

It’s the flame in the fire truck’s reflection

The long blast of foam

Saving a family of four

Their Chihuahua and A-frame

Wedding ring rescued from the ashes

Hours after the whole town burned

When you’re headed for a clamp down

It’s sturdy, sleek, reliable

The Robert Mueller of office supplies

Our savior in the darkest times

It keeps things together

Spring-loaded discrete steel


With hair-trigger thin rectangles

Open on one border

Capable of mounting

Monuments of paper

Punching through

To the moon and back

Enough heft and evidence

To haul The Creature from

The Blech Lagoon

Straight to the clinker for life

Stan Lee grade stapler

Villains haven’t a chance

It bites, draws blood

Keeps you on your toes

Look at you, bad man

Sucking the red

From your thumb

Like a little baby

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Michelle Bitting won the 2018 Fischer Poetry Prize, and a fourth collection, Broken Kingdom won the 2018 Catamaran Prize and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2018. Her third collection is The Couple Who Fell to Earth (C & R Press), named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2016. She has poems published in The American Poetry Review, Narrative, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review, Vinyl Poetry, Plume, Diode, Tabula Poetica, Thrush, Raleigh Review, the Paris-American, AJP, Green Mountains Review, and others. Poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, have been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, (including Pushcart 2018 and Best of the Net 2018) and recently, The Pablo Neruda, American Literary Review and Tupelo Quarterly poetry contests.

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