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August 1, 2022 at 6:31 a.m.
Poor Poe!
Poor Poe! Pat D’Amico


Dear Mr. Poe: I want you to know
that I’d publish your work in a minute,
but the “delicate set” reads my monthly gazette
and my ladies would blanch at what’s in it.

Your characters’ capers would give them the vapors
and cause them to swoon dead away,
while I, as a man and a diligent fan,
am confined to the tea and soiree.

The sound of your name brings such fervent acclaim
that I fear my decision is foolish,
but my readers would rise after dropping like flies
and declare that you’re simply too ghoulish.

On mindful reflection, this is a rejection.
I’ve read till the daylight is spare.
One noise, and I glance off cause you scare my pants off—

Good luck with its placement elsewhere.

Pat D’Amico is a columnist with Northwest Prime Time and sometimes a Sharing Stories author, but always funny.

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