Your soul is damned
but ours is not
you count your conquests
on a sheet
spread at the feet
of your bed
as if they were numbers
size 42C (respectable, perhaps,
but a bit past their prime,
you think)
rather than respect
the minds of the women
who should rule this world
mothers, daughters
and wives
who are counted
from one to ten to ten
as if they could cast
their votes on tiny fingers
to count as much as men.


“Do This” © Alex Duensing


Neil Ellman, a poet from New Jersey, has published numerous poems in print and online journals, anthologies and chapbooks throughout the world. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.

Alex Duensing. Graduate of William Paterson and Columbia? Yes. Ran for St. Petersburg, FL City Council? Yes. Won? No. Stopped Mayan Apocalypse on rooftop with performance art? Yup. Strange but nice fellow? Clearly. Protégé of Arakawa+Gins, masters of the architectural body? Ongoing even after the supposed end. Able to create mechanical engines that run completely on the energy a person creates while appreciating a painting? On delightful rare occasions.