If your boy leads

a charmed life

let him keep it

& riches of love

suffering misses

let him

keep it

if your boy loves

stumbling

into riches of life

suffering misses

let him keep

if riches of suffering

love misses

charms your boy

let him suffer

stumbling love

riches of life

charming your boy

& the stumbling

of love

your boy leads

let him

keep it

your boy leads


Elizabeth Savage is author of Jane & Paige or Sister Goose (2011), Grammar (2012), and Idylliad (2015), all from Furniture Press Books. The current issue of Verse features her dossier-chapbook of twenty-six poems, titled Woman Looking at a Vase of Flowers. Her poetry reviews appear in Jacket2 and in Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art, for which she serves as poetry editor.