2011 – Susan E. Ruhl – The Day Walt Whitman…

SNHU Undergrad Poetry Winner from the 2011 issue


The Day Walt Whitman Made me Blush
Susan E. Ruhl


the room was stale
with sleeping minds
fifteen girls barely
out of their pajamas
slumped in their chairs
faces propped on
curled fists
eyes glazed with
the last night’s
adventures until
Professor Mooney
of wild Einstein hair
and Moby Dick ties
in timbres deep
and reverent
sounded a barbaric yawp
and a schoolgirl crush
was born

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