I can’t resist re-posting this old poem to Charles Miller’s prompt for dVerse Poetics: write a modernist poem that incorporates something of today’s reality…for example, a newspaper article.This is a bit different from my usual style, but it was fun. And I love this feisty old lady (if not the crime).
Reno Gazette Journal June 24, 2006
“79-year old found guilty
of killing former boyfriend.”
ATLANTA-A 79-year-old woman
accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend
because their romance had ended was
convicted of murder Friday.
Lena Driskell was sentenced
to life in prison plus five years. She
was immediately taken into custody, and
defense attorneys said she would not
be eligible for parole for 30 years.
Driskell shot 85-year-old Herman
Winslow in June 2005 at the assisted
living home where they both resided.
After she was arrested, police said she
was angry that their romance had ended
and he was seeing another woman.
Life, Plus 5
Guess that showed the sonofabitch
85-year-old womanizer you were
pissed, were serious about monogamy.
Showed the rest of us love isn’t
reserved for sleek bodies, old
age isn’t sexless or without passion
(and should be reinvented now that
While you’re in prison, (which isn’t
that different from an Assisted Living
Facility or a 79-year-old body),
keep in mind you don’t need to be
defined by someone. You are enough for
life plus five years.
Take a few minutes and stop by the pub for some friendship and poetry. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.