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Mari Werner

TENANT OF THE TENEMENT

Attend to the tenant of the tenement reading Tennyson. Forgotten
but not beaten, she is yet tenacious. Tender are the
words she’s written in extension, like wisps of life distended
on tenuous tendrils. Tenth floor neighbor, the Tennessee tennis player
contends to have gotten tenure in the often rotten tendency
of life to tend to the intense. The tensile strength
of a tendon might portend a move away from tennis
perhaps to tenpin or something intended to lighten the tension.
The tenor ten floors down extends his voice to the
Tennyson poet, attending the intentions of the tender tenement tenant.

3 comments:

  1. ...from Gary Imperial:

    I enjoyed the first three lines more then the rest. Though it had the heavy 'ten' references it read more like alliteration.

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  2. A bit heavy on the "tens" within words. Although a good theme, the meaning gets lost because of the constant repetition of the references.

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