- Late Sabbatical Vistas
A recent issue of a journal of poetry,With wider distribution than most,Embraces a poetic panoplyOf scurrilous scatological spatterings.Concurrently appears an interviewWith a poet of some age and prominenceWho has a need to use for emphasisFrequent excremental expletives.Does no responsibility attendThe editorial prerogative?Years ago I heard a man afflictedWith the disease of Gilles de la TouretteScatter echoing obscenities,Bursting the vaulted silence in a church.His coprolalia attaches no fault,And less offends the eye and the ear than these.
Is there no longer a need for a word fitly spoken?*Charles R. Beittel, Jr.
* Proverbs 25:11. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.