Wednesday, October 07, 2020

New Poetry by Bruce Morton


Stool Softener 

I wanted to cheer a friend
Who was about to have
Surgery and was dreading
Side effects of painkillers.
I bet him that I could write
A poem about stool softener.

It is so hard to bring oneself 
To be seated, to sit, still 
We do not wish to speak of it,
So simple an act. There must be 
Relief somewhere to purchase
To comfort the tired soul.

I brought him a plush cushion
To rest his tush on, to bring
 A sigh of relief, the ultimate 
Relaxative--a soft pillow.
So here it is, my poem
About stool softener.

-© Bruce Morton 2020

Bruce Morton splits his time between Montana and Arizona. His volume of poems, Simple Arithmetic and Other Artifices, was published in 2015. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various magazines and anthologies including, most recently, Muddy River Poetry Review, Mason Street Review, Main Street Rag, Nixes Mate Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders, and Blue Unicorn. He was formerly Dean of Libraries at Montana State University

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