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Winding Way

Posted: October 28, 2016 in Poetry
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By David Allen

There’s a street in town
called Winding Way
that I swear was designed by fiends.
I turned onto it once to find a yard sale
and spent hours lost in a puzzling scene.
No matter the way, straight, left or right,
I passed the same playgrounds, houses and lots.
And when I turned onto a side street ,
like some horror book plot,
it dumped me back on Winding Way.

Confused and dazed, I thought
this was some awful dream.
This is what Hades must be like.
Searching to find some value in life,
I was just spinning my wheels
My whole life was a Winding Way.

But finally, like most fruitless quests,
this one did come to an end.
And I was able to wend my way out
onto a main road, where my growling gut told
me I’d best stop for some food and a drink.
I found a drive-in, but had to skip it when
I read the sign on the “Steak City” board
advertisimg burgers and something called “Phyllis.”

Was this some misspelling for a Philly Steak?
Or was it something more chilling?
Had some poor Phyllis died
On her Winding Way drive
And her body cooked up by some villain?
I didn’t dare ask, and instead just passed
What surely must be the village’s cannibal diner.




Dental Fuss
By David Allen

Went to the dentist today
And, as I was being prepped
For another root canal,
I checked out his new goatee.

“So, is that so you won’t
Be recognized when
You go out in public?”
I asked.


A pain-filled hour later
I realized I
Never did have
Good comedic timing


Posted: October 4, 2016 in Poetry
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I am the poetry Editor of the online arts magazine Indiana Voice Journal.

Here’s a link to our October issue, there’s a lot of great poems, fiction and art:

And here’s my two two poems about Halloween.