vanity ensorcelled by ignorance

we gobble golden apples
while Yggdrasil rots

the butcher remains vulnerable
till the polls declare him innocent

the shrewd mathematician finds
the lowest common denominator

the ecclesiast gleams
in a slurry of grace

the yearning to mark our existence
shines like slug-slime in the morning sun 

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William Merricle lives in Lima, Ohio. His poetry has been published in PuddingSlipstream
ZeroCity, and many other publications. His latest chapbook, Heimlich The Donut, is available
at Pudding House Publications.

“vanity ensorcelled by ignorance” © 2011 by William Merricle, used with permission