Renfrew Confronts Litter

by Baron Wormser

A guy in a pickup truck tosses a Devil Dog wrapper out his window
Renfrew gives him a baleful look
Got a problem buddy? The pickup guy asks
Renfrew looks askance
It’s a free country The pick up guy announces
That’s why I’m throwing my wrapper out
That’s what’s sad about this country
Says dire Renfrew But I live here too
The guy shakes his head
You a wiseass buddy?
That wrapper on the pristine asphalt pains me
Pick it up then
But I didn’t put it there
Did you put the universe here?
Did you put the human race here?
Did you put this 7-11 here?
Renfrew picks up the wrapper and stuffs it in his pocket
No problem

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of fourteen books and a poetry chapbook. His books include Scattered Chapters: New and Selected Poems (Sarabande Books), The Road Washes Out in Spring: a Memoir of Living Off the Grid (University Press of New England), and The Poetry Life: Ten Stories (CavanKerry Press). His novel Tom o’ Vietnam, about a Vietnam veteran who is obsessed with King Lear, will be published by New Rivers Press in the fall of 2017. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. He has taught many dozens of workshops across the United States and continues to offer generative workshops along with workshops focusing on the works of a particular poet.