To The Misery Of Handcar Cyclone Barker

Handcar Cyclone Barker's misery

is a balanced mix of obvious jealousy

and late-adolescent immaturity,

clad in a mantle of inability.

Fate, in a tease of trilling treachery,

has---to Handcar Cyclone Barker---refused

the kind of achievement in verbal artistry

that others take for granted; and which he---

Handcar Cyclone Barker ---has recently

and with a crotting lack of couth abused.




Author's Notes/Comments: 

The poem's title was inspired by the title of a poem by Wallace Stevens, "From The Misery Of Don Joost," which is (be assured) in the public domain.

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