Other Poems by:

Pete Lee

FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT
with your stony gaze 
and your gravelly voice 
and your mind like a steel trap 
and your iron will 
and your big brass cojones 
and your concrete logic 
and your weighty pronouncements 

it's a wonder 
you're able nonetheless 
to walk on water 



HABEUS CORPUS

you must remember this 
a lawsuit is just a lawsuit 

but a good woman 
is a cigarette 

and all the poets and jesters 
are long gone from the courts 

being the unacknowledged 
defendants of the world 

all our lawyers had to present 
was a writ in water 

so most of us will die before we're due 
worded and sentenced to death -- 

the penalty for innocence 
stubbornly maintained. 




IT'S RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE

sometimes it's closer 
sometimes it's right on the tip 
of your tongue      sometimes 
it skirts the edges of your brain 
a rodent trying to find its way in 
a mouse can flatten itself 
to incredibly small dimensions 
while big ideas are like rats 
they keep you up with their nibbling 
but none can get through 
your thick skull without help 
a door of perception left open 
or a hole unfixed, where the rain 
gets in      in either case 
you get water on the brain 
and the rat drowns anyway

4. THE LETTER "O"

it takes two to 
make a hoop 

or a loop -- 
which both 

remind one 
of zero.

LOVE AND BULLETS

it's fun watching 
society crumble 
on Channel 9 

our only fear 
is that the TV 
stations'll go 

before all the 
rest of it does 
forcing us 

to open our doors 
and watch it all 
sans logos


moral

MORAL
after 
walking a 
mile in 
everybody's 
shoes I was 
in great 
shape 

except 
for my 
feet 

bio

BIO:
Pete Lee's former occupations include army sergeant/counterintelligence agent, 
federal intelligence operations specialist, private investigator, newspaper 
reporter, and social worker. He now enjoys a somewhat more sedate life, in a 
small town in the Mojave Desert with his wife and two cats. His poetry has 
appeared in hundreds of electronic and print publications.

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