MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR POET LAUREATE
Cora M. Ott

What any good poet can tell you (and hopefully show you) is that the essence of poetry is to capture the moment and how we experience it, with a language that most of us are at a total loss to express with words. --- Doug Holder


THE OLD MAID'S COMPLAINT


He leans over and kisses me on the cheek
confounded and amazed I demur politely.
In truth,
Iwould have preferred a more passionate approach
One from a younger, more vibrant male

But,
given my advanced years
perhaps a quick peck from an equally elderly man
is all I could expect

Still,
I dream of blonde, muscular lovers pursuing me
or dark haired green-eyed tempters
who woo me with exaggerated phrases
swoop me up in their arms
and bed me with showers of kisses.

How cruel,
that momentary cheek peck
so much less than my dreams demanded
like a fan blowing all my carefully arranged papers
off my desk
turmoil and truancy reign.

Cora M. Ott
Chelsea, Massachusetts




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CORA M. OTT, 74, Chelsea, former educational psychologist who likes to travel now that she is retired, is a prolific poet whose entries delighted the judges. This is her first award in the Senior Poets Laureate poetry competition. We welcome Cora's touch of Golden Humor. She is a Cancer.