Claudia Gary


A Valentine from Jesus??

I found it on my windshield—that’s a fact—
where some well-meaning soul had gently placed it,
inscribed “Beloved in the Lord” and tacked
behind a wiper blade. I hate to waste it.
I’ve always thought Jesus was quite a dude
and just as inspirational as Ghandi
(Mahatma), who taught never to be rude
whether you drive a Chevy or a Hondi.
But now I fear I have been singled out.
What Solomonic gesture netted me
this card, unlike my neighbors all about?
Wait, there’s a flash of light and now I see:
It’s not that Jesus wants me any nearer.
It’s just that Buddha hanging from the mirror.


Here is one quoit Mark Zuckerberg
landed on the peg:
Those who unfriend but change their minds
now will have to beg.


Claudia Gary has never knowingly unfriended an evangelist. She writes, edits, and composes (tonally) in the Washington, D.C. area. A 2014 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award finalist and 2013 semifinalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, she is the author of Humor Me (David Robert, 2006) and several chapbooks. Besides journals, her poems appear in anthologies such as Villanelles (Everyman Press, 2012) and Forgetting Home (Barefoot Muse, 2013). She also writes articles on health for The VVA Veteran, VFW, and other magazines. In 2014 she will offer several classes through The Writer’s Center (