Bobbie Troy

Pincers of Old Age

By Bobbie Troy


the pincers

of old age

come out at night

and hover

like a helicopter

looking for a new target


then they land

on a random part

of your body

and the next morning

something new hurts


I wonder if those pincers

get paid for their torture

or are they just in it

for the pleasure


The Final Banquet

By Bobbie Troy


I shall serve you sadness

upon a painted platter


pour a bit of truth

into a golden goblet


balance justice and injustice

on a knurled knife


wipe the humor from your face

with a lacey linen


entice you with some beauty

on a filigreed fork


serve a sliver of love

on a silver spoon


then you shall have it all

but for a mouthful of misgivings


for there is no need for food, you see

at the final banquet




About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at
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