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Hic Jacet (Definitive)

by William F Dougherty

The earwig perished on a page,
a scholar's life impressed, abridged;
thumb-notches deep in Webster's work
the curious mite inscribed his mark.

A flat insecticide, by chance,
caught as the jaws of reference
closed on his affrighted form
trying to hunker under fern,

that syllable he mistook for home
bold-faces his archived tomb,
not the only word-mite conned
by copia of a lexicon.


06/21/2012

Posted on 06/22/2012
Copyright © 2020 William F Dougherty

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Linda Fuller on 06/22/12 at 06:09 PM

Erudite, charming and poignant ("...trying to hunker under fern, that syllable he mistook for home...") - added to favorites.

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