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Sonnet: My Mythopoeic Beginnings

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Sonnet: My Mythopoeic Beginnings

by John Kendall Hawkins

I was born with a caul over my face,

a Cherokee pow-wow with a schnozzle,

my first word J-E-L-L-O -- a disgrace

to my Ma, and to my Pa, a puzzle.

We lived in Missouri: I had three sibs

who'd foment my demise, or sit there and sulk,

and I took their abuse until their fibs

rubbed my spleen till I turned green like the Hulk.

I was a fallen angel, monk disguised,

it's all in my social worker's poems --

how I was forever being chastised.

Well, that's what they told me in foster homes.

My life's no Seuss's Green Eggs and a Hat:

It's way, way more complicated than that.


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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)

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