Frank De Canio – 2 poems 

Scheherazade Redux


Scheherazade could scarcely spin such tales

to keep her interlocutor engaged

like aggravating CNN regales

its viewership until it grows assuaged

by news that is at least a few weeks old.

Not even wide-eyed kings would be seduced

if consorts humored them with tales thrice-told,

that nonetheless consistently help boost

the ratings of its jaded viewership.

No termination of the nuptial knot

with anchors, or its stewardship,  

for raking over breaking news once hot.

Oh, they might add a fresh and novel spin

to stagnant summaries to make us get involved.

But shrewd Scheherazade would brook chagrin  

from Sultans till her marriage came dissolved.

Still, anchors act like virgin newlyweds

another day to keep their talking heads.




Finding Turnstiles in Strange Places



I’m sorry for entering your bedroom

at 3 am. I thought it was 8:30 in the morning

and that I was on the Number 4 express train

en route to Bowling Green. I’m not surprised,

as such, at the eviscerating look you gave

me with the crew of MTA officials

standing near your bed. Your glowering

look froze me in my tracks, even as I crossed

the threshold leading to your comfort sofa –

which was apparently made of metal.

Under the circumstances, it was brash of me

to enter your inner sanctum so gingerly,

scarcely aware of the gap between your teeth

and platform shoes. Having stayed there

for 20 minutes, it was generous of you

not to call the cops and have me arrested

before I had a chance to stand clear

of your bedroom’s rapidly closing door.  




Frank De Canio was born & bred in New Jersey, works in New York. He loves music of all kinds, from Bach to Dory Previn, Amy Beach to Amy Winehouse. Shakespeare is his consolation, writing his hobby. He likes Dylan Thomas, Keats, Wallace Stevens, Frost, Ginsburg, and Sylvia Plath as poets. 

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