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From the August Issue

KIM BRIDGFORD

Misery Loves Company


Misery is having a party tonight.
Bent-Out-of-Shape is there, and so is Malice.
Everybody’s looking for a fight.

Whose marriage has fallen? Whose field has blight?
Gossip prances in between Bitter and Jealous.
Misery is having a party tonight.

The hors d’oeuvres are laced with bile and plight,
And the wine that is served is Napa Salacious.
Everybody’s looking for a fight.

Misery is married to Just-Served-You-Right;
The children are bitchy, each argument specious.
Misery is having a party tonight.

Come in, and sit down. You’re a welcome sight.
Lust swings through the door, and hits on Curvaceous.
And everybody’s looking for a fight.

In walk Small-Minded, Cold-Blooded, and Hate.
Martinis are handed to Sterling and Cautious.
Misery is having a party tonight,
And everybody’s looking for a fight.

 

Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference, the largest all-poetry writing conference in the United States. As the editor of Mezzo Cammin, she founded The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project. She is the author of eight books of poetry, including Bully Pulpit and the recently released Doll.

 

 

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