Mr. W’s Signature

Illustrious, industrious bug –

‘Mr. W’,

obscure pupal foe of wood,

your signature damns you;

literacy condemns your wormy way.

In getting under her skin,

your art, a permanent addition

to Nature’s  Driftwood collection,

becomes proof positive

of your

unfettered appetite.


This ‘writing’ is in truth a wormy guest beneath the living tree’s skin.  Don’t you think it looks like ‘Mr. W’?

14 comments on “Mr. W’s Signature

  1. artlesspoems says:

    haha. Mr. W has indeed put his signature on that driftwood, owning it until some dog steals it with his piss. 😉 Good poem. I like the quirkiness of it.

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    knotty weathered wood
    wrapped in seaweed
    tsunami’s aftermath
    ~~ I understand that the people on the west coast have to watch out for driftwood that might contain invasive species. Although I suspect your Mr. W is a US native after all. Lovely.

  3. Caddo Veil says:

    I’m glad you added the italicized note, Melody–I was going in a totally wrong direction! And yes, it absolutely looks like a signature: “Mr W”! God bless you Big today–love, sis Caddo

    • melodylowes says:

      Curious – what direction were you going?

      • Caddo Veil says:

        I was thinking maybe it was a rant against people who carve on logs–like maybe that’s not respectful, or ecological, or something. Making a note not to do it, you know? (I’m very rule-conscientious!)

      • melodylowes says:

        🙂 Nope! It’s fun to hear what is in someone’s mind as they read – you never know what interpretation their own life will shade it with, you know? Btw, I’m also a recovering rule-aholic! 🙂

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Oh wow, I’m stickin’ with you–you’re an ex-fretter, and now an ex-rule-aholic–any other bad health habits you’ve put to rest? Maybe you need to write a book about that, or a post, or poem. See–I can find all kinds of projects for you (like you have free time)! On a slightly more serious note, I’m curious whether you teach any “simple” poetry to your classes of young ones? Reading, or writing.

      • melodylowes says:

        This year I’m not teaching reading or writing – and to be honest I only started writing poetry a few months ago, so no – I haven’t. Thanks for the bug in my ear – I’ll have to see where I can fit it in! 🙂

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Seriously?? You only became a poet a few months ago?? That is like UNBELIEVABLE!! Whoa–a prodigy, or somethin’, no? I was already amazed at your work–now I’m (almost) dumbstruck, and falling on the floor in a faint. Well, if you’re not teaching reading and writing, I guess it won’t fit in–but truly, you should consider accepting a “divine mission” to teach “just a little” poetry to young folks. It enriches their lives, and may prime the pump for future greats, like us (ha ha, laughs modestly).

      • melodylowes says:

        Yep – only started in May. I’ve written songs, which are glorified poetry, I guess. And the required Remembrance Day pieces for school back in the day. I’m thinking that it was in there and only needed to be broken out… I am just finding my ‘voice’ and it is EXHILERATING!

      • Caddo Veil says:

        Yes! And I rejoice for, and with you!!! Songs? Wonderful–so are you musically gifted, as well? I’m thinking I may need to borrow that thought–your poems being inside and “only needed to be broken out”…

      • melodylowes says:

        It is a nice thought, isn’t it?

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