non grata

call me ishmael
or that guy
at the back of the class
who never answers.

call me un
-invited, for that is what
i am, though I have showed
up anyway
with snacks.

call me
late for dinner
latent loser
prodigal son
not quite the one.

call me un
-done, untamed, unknown.
enemy of the state
of being.

I may be pariah,
wretch. outcast
bum, thumbing my
way through your

call me dis
-placed, bad
news, expat,
no-country old. dis
-graced, no person
-a, only poem.





In November, we poem.


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3 Responses to non grata

  1. erbiage says:

    Why won’t you call me, Ishmael?

Use your words.

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