Enticing to Rhyme

Cornfield, wet.
Tasselled pompoms of the cheerleaders
who drowned on prom night.
They shouldn’t have dressed like that.
They should have waited for dessert.
But a knotty something
drove them to water.
Too bad he got there late,
after the crime, trailing
in the wake
          When he sings
          he doesn’t
          stutter at all
          & the body
          at the bottom
          floats up to the top

Rodney Wittwer is the author of Gone & Gone (Red Hen Press, 2012), and has received fellowships from the Artist Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His poems have appeared in journals such as Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, The Literary Review, Memorious, Mead, Pleiades and Ploughshares. He lives in W.Medford, MA, where he writes and works with his wife, a clothing designer.