Bear Star Studios - stephanie miksis @ work

in my defence

please don’t be confused
or otherwise annoyed
by my incessant use of lowercase
(and the frequent absence of punctuation)

it’s the poet in me
the writer of free verse
that cannot be suppressed
(i tried once; it was ugly)

it begins with my undying love
for a cockroach
not just ANY cockroach, mind you,
THE cockroach
as in
archy the cockroach

and continues to
the beauty of
a leaf falling
all without the help of capitalization

so with deepest gratitude to
Don Marquis and e.e.cummings
(and regrets to Kafka, the other THE cockroach)
i stubbornly maintain my i
PERIOD

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