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Michael Meyerhofer

The Problem with Being

a mountain is that

everyone stares at you,

wants to take your picture

even when you’re

sleeping. Most touch you

without permission,

some even hammer long

shanks of metal

between the dark swirls

of your skin. I know

what I’m talking about

despite not being a mountain

though in fairness I tried

many years ago

to learn their tongue,

couldn’t get past

how much their alphabet

sounds less like gravel

than rain on a frozen lake.

Michael Meyerhofer's fifth poetry book, Ragged Eden, was published by Glass Lyre Press. He has been the recipient of the James Wright Poetry Award, the Liam Rector First Book Award, the Brick Road Poetry Book Prize, and other honors. His work has appeared in Southern Review, Ploughshares, Rattle, Hayden's Ferry, Gargoyle Magazine, River Styx, Missouri Review, and other journals. He is also the author of a fantasy series and the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit

Michael Meyehofer
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