Teen Drama

with a line from Arthur Rimbaud’s
“The Drunken Boat”

He wrote love reinvented, certain.
And it was; I did it.
I got over cold shoulder, cool hand.
Pointlessly jilted?
Not! We’d had zero heat, understand?
No intensity— but
fear of intimacy is banished
when Love’s name is Friend.


A nine-time Pushcart-Prize nominee and National Park Artist-in-Residence, Karla Linn Merrifield has had over 500 poems appear in dozens of journals and anthologies. She has eleven books to her credit, the newest of which is Bunchberries, More Poems of Canada, a sequel to Godwit:  Poems of Canada (FootHills Publishing), which received the Eiseman Award for Poetry. A widely published photographer, she serves as editor and poetry book reviewer for The Centrifugal Eye, and is a member of the board of directors of Just Poets (Rochester, NY), and a member of the New Mexico State Poetry Society, the Florida State Poetry Society and TallGrass Writers Guild.  Visit her blog, Vagabond Poet, at http://karlalinn.blogspot.com.