One Poem

Jeanne Marie Beaumont



Not before falling asleep, not during sleep, and not with children in the room. Do not use in the case of pre-existing conditions. Not if you are prone to skipping breakfast, have ever eaten breakfast in a moving car, or are likely to engage in forward motion, such as skipping, while ingesting comestible items. Avoid quantities of water. Not for use at sea (See Warnings). Should not be used concomitantly with lip balm. Not for the faint of heart, nor for any chronic treatment, and in a case where chronic condition exists, not a dependable preventative of calamitous episodes. Not to be taken with grains of salt, lying down, etc. Should not be regarded as a reliable forecaster of remittance nor be used in any circumstance for which relief is required before, say, operating a communication device or walking a canine companion. Not to be administered to canine companions. But you, you have no alternative.


Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Jeanne Marie Beaumont's newest book is Curious Conduct from BOA Editions. She directs the Frost Place Seminar and also teaches at the 92nd St. Y in New York and in the Stonecoast MFA program.