What VD Taught Me

Disturbing Verse by Marcus Bales

They did it every year for years
and every year I grew more wary
and up to puberty my fears
were focused on mid-February.

The cards were always white and red
except their most essential feature
was number, and I came to dread
that single envelope from teacher.

One single envelope can yet
bring dread with undiminished force.
I leave it, waiting til I get
some more – except for checks, of course.

____________

Not much is known about Marcus Bales, except that he lives in Cleveland and his poems have not been published in the New Yorker or Poetry.

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About ljmcdowall

LJ McDowall is a Scottish poet, author, and scholar. She writes in the chivalric tradition, which means that she performs a kind of sympathetic magic with stories. Her work has appeared online and in print, and is preparing her first novel for publication. She is founding editor at The Quarterday Review and poetry editor at Trigger Warnings. LJ McDowall is an associate member of the Society of Authors. http://www.societyofauthors.org
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