March 27, 2023

Sprung from Cages

by Gerald Yelle

None of the sailors ate spinach
and not many mutinied.
The captain was a liar
but he was no match for Queeg
and forget Ahab,
even if all he did was hold me
hostage a minute with his
whacked-out sidekick, a guy
with a funnel on his head.
Steam shot out and scared me
so I hid under a bush
and a squirrel brushed by
and chewed off a hank of hair.
I went out with an empty
bushel basket on my head
and hung around with
the Box Tops and Shondells.
People hated Shondells,
especially the way
they did “Crimson
and Clover” over and over.
Everyone said they were high.  


Gerald Yelle’s books include The Holyoke Diaries and Mark My Word and the New World Order. He has an e-chapbook at Yavaneka Press: “Industries Built on Words” and a chapbook “No Place I Would Rather Be” from Finishing Line Press. FutureCycle will publish Dreaming Alone and with Others in 2023. He is a member of the Florence, MA Poets Society.