The Stuffy Poet

by Jerry Ratch

Getting up and reading his poem

The stuffy poet sitting back down

On the leather couch, which creaks under his weight

After adjusting his narrow tie from the 1980's


The stuffy poet clearing his throat, twice, 

During an enemy's reading

The stuffy poet accepting his prize

The stuffy poet clean-shaven

After many years with a full beard


The stuffy poet playing baseball

That's right, baseball

Let's see, ahem, what's next?

Oh, yes, the stuffy poet getting paid

By the academy of Equally Stuffy Poets