Coup De Force by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

because of the
autoimmune thing
I can’t take
arthritis meds

those pharms make
my sugars spike
so that’s that

while my bones moan
while my blood
threatens a coup de force
I can however have
all the narcotics
I want
doled out
30 per recycle #4
green plastic bottle
least potent up
until I’m addicted
until I’m addicted
and dead


Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a Carlinville, IL native. Over 369 pieces of her work appear in 132 print and electronic publications. A magazine-type blog updated at her erratic discretion is here: http://wlc- She is currently polishing a full-length poetry manuscript.

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