Monday, July 1, 2013

A Poem by Kelley White

Too late
you call
you remember a body
twenty-two years old
no visible scars
and I’d give you my heart
but in lives in a sausage
stuffed with anger and sewn
with despair
like a pit bull pup
it nuzzles and wheezes
for a hand on the muzzle
a pat on the back
you see
its hope-ugly visage
suspect the danger:
this one

might bite back
Pediatrician Kelley White worked in inner-city Philadelphia and now works in rural New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in journals including Exquisite Corpse, Rattle and JAMA.  Her most recent books are TOXIC ENVIRONMENT (Boston Poet Press) and TWO BIRDS IN FLAME (Beech River Books.) She received a 2008 PCA grant.

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