Sometimes the real, in itself, is magical. We salute M. Waldi Marcel, gentil homme dachsund in the following little poem.
Daschunds are hunters of the
Small. They like to root around
And crawl and climb and swim
And bark. They think they are
But Waldi Marcel is a chocolate
Longhaired aristocrat. He
Has acupuncture, and is
Fond of cats. The whole house
Is his fainting couch. He takes
Anti-depressants because being
THIS sensitive is hard work. He
Is therefore – you can see this metaphor coming —
A sort of dachshund Hamlet.
(he sleeps and always dreams –
legs kicking, tail thumping;
no perchance about it).
Published by Stephanie Barbé Hammer
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a magical realist prose fiction writer, novelist, occasional essayist, and a committed, intermittent poet, as well as a passionate instructor of writing. A 7-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize she has published work in Hayden's Ferry, Pearl, CRATE, Rhapsoidia, NYCBigCityLit, the East Jasmine Review, Apeiron, Inlandia, Literary Alchemy and the Bellevue Literary Review among other places. She is the author the fabulist novel THE PUPPET TURNERS OF NARROW INTERIOR (Urban Farmhouse Press), a novelette, RESCUE PLAN (Bamboo Dart Press), a prose poem chapbook collection, SEX WITH BUILDINGS (dancing girl press), and a poetry collection, HOW FORMAL (Spout Hill Press).
Stephanie's new novel PRETEND PLUMBER is available for order from your favorite bookstore, and her poetry chapbook CITY SLICKER appeared in July 2022. Stay tuned for her novella, JOURNEY TO MERVEILLEUX CITY, coming out in 2023!
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