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J. R. Solonche

Toy Poem


This is my toy poem.
I hope you like it.
I made it in the workshop.

I sawed it and sanded it
and glued it and screwed
it and painted it and

finished it to a glossy
finish and signed my
name on the bottom of it.

Please don’t pick it up.
Please don’t play with it.
It will fall apart.




J. R. SOLONCHE has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is author of Beautiful Day (Deerbrook Editions), Won't Be Long (forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions), Heart's Content (chapbook from Five Oaks Press), and coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books).



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