Old Lover Beats a Dead Horse




 Old Lover Beats a Dead Horse


Deaf as a snake

to the sound of “It’s over,”

he hung his pathos,


around my neck,

tried to worm his way back

with requests that we talk,

take a walk, see a counselor.


Finally he took in the truth

in one anglerfish bite 

and he turned wolverine-mean:

bullied through all my escapes

with a murder of memos,

a cackle of calls,

a flock of distempered demands,

and a summons to court.


His legal challenge denied,

he grew mad-dog rabid,

penned howler rants,

rammed his way through the door

when I was alone

and pretended to be perplexed

that I refused to be “friends,”


left him to wallow in wormwood,

afloat in his crocodile tears.



Sharon Whitehill


Sharon is a retired English professor from West Michigan now living in Port Charlotte, Florida. In addition to poems published in various literary magazines, her publications include two scholarly biographies, two memoirs, two poetry chapbooks, and a full collection of poems. Her chapbook, THIS SAD AND TENDER TIME, is due out in winter 2024. 

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