Dark Fact
—a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

Our proverbial three score and ten
Can be compared
To the blink
Of a nervous eye;
Shakespeare has
Been gone 400 years
And he ain't getting up
But we persist in
Climbing over
Each other
Like blind bees
Willing to risk
For a little more
Of the same
Old honey.


Dennis Paul Wilken is a prolific poet, sketch-artist, veteran journalist and Senior Literary Editor for The Commonline Journal. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and is a former Staff Writer for Cincinnati Magazine. His poem "Outcomes" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011. His first chapbook is called Sweat Off the Diamond (2009). His recent chapbook Poetry Factory (2017) is forthcoming from Imperative Papers.