Joanne Rocky Delaplaine



For some it's the dog leash
For some it's the chicken cage
For some it's hanging by the feet
For some it's wires to the genitals
For some it's a knife to the knuckles
For some it's lying bare on an icy floor
For some it's Allah's name taken in vain
For some it's being raped by ten different men
For some it's seeing your only child shot in the face.

I will leave my body. I will fly to Baghdad. I will find the cough
that's really a laugh. I will tell you everything you want to hear.



Joanne Rocky Delaplaine lives in Maryland. Her poems have appeared in Beltway, Poet Lore, Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin, 1984-2001, WordWrights, Other Testaments, Volume 1, The Old Testament, and on WPFW Radio Pacifica’s web site. She’s taught poetry workshops at the Labor Heritage Foundation’s Great Labor Arts Exchange at the George Meany Center For Labor Studies, and has read her poetry at the Library of Congress Poetry at Noon Series, the Joaquin Miller Cabin Series, the Writer's Center, the Cedar Lane Jazz and Poetry Series, the Westmoreland Poetry Series, and the Friends Wilderness Center in Charles Town, WV.

Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.


To read more by this author:
Joanne Rocky Delaplaine: The Whitman Issue