A. E. Stallings: Triolet

This came recently in a mailing from Poetry Magazine.  I don’t have the inclination to kill more trees with more magazine subscriptions, but this poem did seem fanciful to me so I’m sharing it here.

Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther

A.E. Stallings

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Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,

The booze and the neon and Saturday night,

The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?

Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons

And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,

The booze and the neon and the Saturday night?

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I vote for more Saturday nights and lovers like spoons.  You?

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