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.
Posted on 06/22/2012
Copyright © 2021 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.