Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Expatriate

For extra credit he remembered much 
That wasn’t worth remembering, forgot 
The kinship he had promised to except 
From discharge, and demurred at growing up. 
It made him charming, like a short-term loan, 
Lots of interest there, so he changed his name 
To Amaryllis-in-the-Shade and wept, 
Or said he did, at auld acquaintances. 
The Times that try men’s souls, he did not read, 
Other than archived, knew that butterflies 
Were thinner on the ground than yesteryear, 
But worms more frequent. Mr Lowly Worm, 
There was a name for next week, if he made 
Next week as Amaryllis-in-the-Shade.

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