Monday, February 20, 2017


After he died, Vergil
Became a wizard. Ovid
Racketed around
In an iron-wheeled chariot
Pulled by a gryphon.
Petronius Arbiter's ghost
Was arrested in 1906
For bathing naked
In the Trevi Fountain.
The only trace I can find
Of recent poets enjoying
Post mortem careers
Is Stevie Smith.
Under a quarter moon
Tourists see her
Outside St. Paul's
Making pictures with the smoke
From unlit cigarettes.

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