I spot him stalking our mailbox
dressed in drab, terrycloth
shocking the quiet neighbor
with threats of bear sightings
a tactic he learned in Nam.
Habitually absent at the Town Street Festival
he retreats inside his roach motel
to re-patch old newspaper to the windows,
follow the stock market and inflate his belly.
He wheezes about the drought,
draining the swamp,
and fixing the front porch.
then whines about indigestion
forking down a hunk of salami
leaving a stalk of slimy lettuce,
that the army ants snub
during their pillaged raid
into the shadowed
side, of town.
C. S. De Dona
Author, Poet, Photographer, domestic violence survivor, and naturalized immigrant, Cornelia is currently an Arts and Letters member of The Southwest Florida Branch of The National League Of American Pen Women.
Cornelia lived in Kaneohe, Hawaii, for thirty-six years. Also, seven years in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. She now resides in North Fort Myers, Florida.
Her poems and photography are published in print, online, and in Rain Bird, a literary and art journal of the University of Hawaii's Windward Community College (2008-2013).
In 2013, Cornelia received Rain Bird's Kolokolea Poetry Prize for her poem, "Speaking French."
In 2015 her chapbook "Hawaiian Time," entered in the National League of American Pen Women's Vinnie Ream contest, was awarded third place in their inaugural multi-discipline category.
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