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  • Writer's picturePaul Smith

Devil's Anvil

I am the devil’s anvil

he beats on me daily

it doesn’t hurt all that much

you get used to it

and the pounding

drowns out all

the white noise

of all those people yammering

even though you tell them

to keep still

they haven’t caught on to what I

know – that to shorten a

conversation, just agree

to whatever people say


they are a little thick-necked

in that regard

but him

he knows

he just keeps his trap shut

and pounds away

like there’s no tomorrow


Paul Smith is a civil engineer who has worked in the construction racket for many years. He has traveled all over the place and met lots of people. Some have enriched his life. Others made him wish he or they were all dead. He likes writing poetry and fiction. He also likes Newcastle Brown Ale. If you see him, buy him one. His poetry and fiction have been published in Convergence, Missouri Review, Literary Orphans and other lit mags.


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