by Tom Noe
after Emily Dickinson
Oh, “dismal” is a lovely word;
It should have named a flower:
“I spied some dismals in the swamp,
A-growing by the tower!”
A dismal petal brings good luck,
So keep a dismal near you,
And when you lose your way in life
A dismal thought will cheer you.
Tom Noe is an editor, author and playwright in South Bend, Indiana. He’s semiretired, but he assists with high-school drama productions and that keeps him feeling young. For relaxation, he enjoys reading, gardening and collecting dinosaur bones and agates in the wilds of Wyoming.
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