AMY WALKS OUT OF CLASS
(for Amy Summerhays)
Suetonius was way too much for Amy—
And all those details were superfluous.
She knew the Caesars’ souls smelled rather gamy.
She knew that Nero was a vicious cuss.
Why did she need to tour in Riley’s bus
The trials of that awful family,
The crimes of Gaius and Tiberius,
The sights no decent girl should have to see?
So out she walked. If only I could be
Like Amy, and avoid the seamy side
Of this, our seamy world, then certainly
Into a saint I’d be transmogrified.
As it is, I apply corrupted smarts
To reading over all the vilest parts.