how gracious you look down by Christopher Mulrooney

your idea of a kind of success
lickspittle
is to be drunk on the saliva of your masters
spitting profusely
pardon Flaubert this obtrusion of the ridiculous upon the sublime
afflatus and effluvia


Christopher Mulrooney has written poems in Or, Pacific Review, Tulane Review, Compass Rose, Mot Dit, Otoliths, Kaffeeklatsch, Weyfarers, and Orbis.