Today’s installment in celebration of National Poetry Month is another fairly recent addition to the poetry universe…
Tired of the Same Old Job?
by David Meuel
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For reference, see “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats.
Islands in the Sky
Poems by David Meuel, Palo Alto, CA: Purism Creek Press, 1997, pp. 56-57.