Crab Lice

Crab lice—Crab lice!
I lost my sense—
Crab lice is now
The consequence!

Surrender—all thought—
Of amorous arts—
Start putting lotion
On nether parts!

And change out—the locks—
Ah—I'm free!
At last from a—parasite—
Like thee!

by Gary Mesick

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Gary Mesick studied wit at West Point and Harvard—and couldn't find any. Later searches, first as an infantry officer and then in aerospace analytics, also failed. Recently, his poetry has appeared in several literary journals—often scribbled in the margins of library copies throughout the Seattle area.