The Jivin' Ladybug


Mary Newell

[If] not love



I’ll be tangled in a teaching web

administering words.

Tonight, tho,

not knowing your last name

or origins

I smile to see you



Following your every step

I synchronize to your syncopation

figure your feints, mostly,

laugh when I’m caught off-guard


We match each other’s pressure

Then let each other go.


Since it’s not love,  

it must be



where all’s fair too.


The Jivin' Ladybug- A Skewered Journal of the Arts
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