slide rule for p.b. shelley



legislators are
the unacknowledged
poets of the
world
if reason is
shadow and poetry is
substance legislators are
unreasonable poets and
poetry is the unrelenting
juggernaut where synchronicity
is the residue of
design and engineers are
humorless poets dontcha
love it when a
plan comes together in
genetically modified verse
standardized stanza
jot and tittle
duly noted with
exception to the rules

if reason is
shadow and poetry is
substance
legislators are
satan's poets
in the ephemeral
infirmaries are classrooms
ethereal wisp
smoke under glass

satan writes excellent
poetry with a
pen ripped off from
desk of john wilkes wendell
holmes but is a lousy
legislator his demons
are hacks his humans
illiterate but for
fast food menus and
social chant
primal scream and
moan
bathing in rose petal
stew and each other's
body fluids
plasma body wash
tortuous pleasures
inquire within

legislators are
pushers bring your own
needles it'll all be
over in a frozen
ephemera

that is knot a
tree you see that
is poet-tree in 5G
artificial christmas in
timeless square flip
the switch switch the
flip flip the bird is
the word the word is with
was and is
goodbye to the
ephemera

amazing
grace i once was
legislator but now i'm
out

poets are
timeless
legislation is
painless
word is
clean
eternal
hacks need not
apply
inquire within

 © John Kennan 3-31-21
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Submitted by rankstranger7 on May 24, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme AbcbDDabebxafcgxchix DDxAxhxxx bcjhckkabbblhmxfmG AlcnA cbcgxcdidcA exjb aododxhbxG n
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 1,278
Words 227
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 20, 9, 18, 5, 11, 4, 10, 1

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