the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




SIX WORKS
BY MIKAL TRIMM

CHIVALRY

I've been waiting
to be your
Knight
in Shining Armor
for so long now
that rust has set in.

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THE NEXT-TO-THE-LAST STRAW

She spits razors at him

Razors
 that slash through his envelope of well-being,
 trimming the excesses of his comfort
 with surgical precision, and

 their edges do not dull with repetition;
 they hone themselves with each attack
 until the words that once barely scratched his skin

 now cut him to the bone.

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NO CURE

Love
is an infection
of the heart,
resistant
to all forms
of treatment, and
while not always fatal
it scars the victim
for life.

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THE OBJECT OF HER AFFLICTION

She introduces him to her friends
as 'my latest miscarriage'
and they laugh naughtily
as his smile struggles gamely
to reach full term.

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PLASTIC MAN

He offers plastic love: while other
loves may someday fade
or burn themselves out quickly, plastic
love will not degrade.

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TO A GIRL WHO WON'T UNDERSTAND THIS

If every person was
A novel
You'd be
A bookmark.