Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Mosquitoes. Rain. Vacation without pay.
Deep in the roaring flames of hell,
Bewailing like a plaintive bell,
A frail and failing voice is heard:
It moans, I thought I was insured!
Richard Meyer, a former English and humanities teacher, lives in the home his father built in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. His poems have appeared in various publications, including Able Muse, 14 Magazine, The Raintown Review, Measure, Alabama Literary Review, Light, and The Evansville Review. His poem “Fieldstone” was selected as the winner of the 2012 Robert Frost Farm Prize, and his poem “La Gioconda” was chosen as a top sonnet in The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest for the 2013 Great River Shakespeare Festival. Recently, he won the 2014 String Poet Prize for his poem “The Autumn Way.”