William F Dougherty

(West Hartford, CT)

Poems of William F Dougherty

1. A Paean 6/12/2012
2. A Promise to Keep (Update.) 1/21/2011
3. A Provisional. Revision B 8/8/2012
4. A Roman Sentry's Friday Duty 2/14/2008
5. A Thousand Ships 6/1/2012
6. Anecdote: Art and Apples 4/7/2012
7. Anniversary [Requiem] 4/4/2012
8. Asterisk For Audubon Rev 7/19/2012
9. Bamboozled 6/6/2012
10. Black Knots 4/6/2012
11. Candide Redux Rev. 1/21/2011
12. Candle Power 8/14/2007
13. Chagrin 8/22/2010
14. Chanticleer's Complaint 4/8/2012
15. Clerihews 4/6/2012
16. Conch 2/9/2011
17. Crystal Cadenza Rev. 6/6/2012
18. Dark of the Wheel 4/4/2012
19. Don Fragyle Enters the Lists 8/25/2012
20. Early Version: Sanctuary, Elizabeth Park 4/27/2012

The Zipper

[from the Crab Sonnets]

They sank a silver zipper in my chest:
a foot of snag-toothed staples used to chain
the cavity where cancer bloomed its yeast.
The lovely morphine drips: I don't complain.
I feel aloof; the nurses glide like ghosts,
their chat like crinkled cellophane: I sway
upon an inner stalk each time I'm dosed.

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