“That Unmistakable Smile of Delight” © Bill Wolak


The Boy Who Ate Love Poems

they gave him indigestion something
awful but he could not
get enough.

he had lost all reason and nothing nobody
could stand in
his way.

delicious! he would whistle,
rhyme & meter dripping
from his lips.

fantastic! he would bellow,
metaphors & similes stuck like
crunchy peanut butter to the roof
of his mouth.

all day he craved the lure of
the sweet words.
the affection, the affliction, the frankness
contained therein.

sneaking the poems into bed at night, he’d
crunch & munch on stanzas,
lick & slurp the
beautifully broken

most meals were, out of necessity,
specially prepared by hired help:

love poems grated & sprinkled on wheaties.
hot roast beef & love poem hoagie submarines.
angel-hair pasta w/ love poems & sharp
cheddar cheese.

what can i say?
he’s a hopeless romantic,
his mother
told the news media,

his heart is as huge as texas.
maybe huger.


Jonah Meyer is a poet, writer, and editor based in North Carolina. When not birthing poems, he jams out on guitar and piano, shoots street photography, and studies Buddhist philosophy. Jonah firmly believes everyone has a story to tell – everyone. He serves as Associate Poetry Editor with Mud Season Review.

Bill Wolak has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis Editions. His collages and photographs have appeared recently in the 2020 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the 2020 Dirty Show in Detroit, the 2019 Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, the 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival, and Naked in New Hope 2018.