Beware of Poet
The white sign with bold lettering
has been tinged rusty orange by weather.
It is bolted to a worn wooden fence
and meant to warn passers of danger:
A madman may be tossing meter and rhyme.
Beware of poet! Now you know; you’ve been told.
The ranting could be endless, and the muttering—
the sputtering—could last deep into the night.
Don’t get too close; you could catch it.
There is pathos unleashed in the yard, and
it could envelop your soul, if you’re not careful.
You could get slobbered on for life.
about the author
Eric Blanchard grew up in Houston, Texas, and later earned degrees in philosophy (B.A.) and jurisprudence (J.D.). In addition to practicing law, Eric has been editor-in-chief of an international trade law journal, and worked in the Texas legislature. Eric’s poetry has been published in publications such as Hanging Moss Journal, Autumn Sky Poetry, Oak Bend Review, Rust and Moth, Breadcrumb Scabs, and Pudding Magazine. He has been known to blog about poetry, politics and the world beyond at eric’s voices at http://ericvblanchard.wordpress.com/. Eric resides in Dayton, Ohio, with his beautiful girlfriend, her young son, three dogs, and two tiny fish.