Drag your white skull before blind seas
That tumble dazed to your mono-eyed magic.
Go tell Neptune when the night is through.
Charm him, too, with your waxing and waning.
But you can’t catch me with those veiled half smiles.
Your borrowed brilliance exposes you
As I know your darker side.
Go charm some other star struck rhapsodist.
Clinton Van Inman was born in Walton on Thames, England in 1945 and received his BA from San Diego State in 1977. He is a high school teacher in Tampa Bay and plans to retire at the end of the school year. He lives in Sun City Center, Florida with his wife, Elba.