Umbrella’s lighter offshoot

Jim Gramann

is a professor at Texas A&M University, where he has taught courses on protected-area management and related topics. 

He writes in both verseform and disciplined free verse. His poetry has appeared in Sonnetto Poesia, Fugue, Red River Review, Time for Rhyme, and RE:AL, the Journal of the Liberal Arts.

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Being Left-handed

What I hate about being left-handed
(forgive me for being this candid)
is the scorn that’s displayed
by those rightly arrayed
when my penmanship’s misunderstanded.

So much worse than the fate of the outlaws
is the curse that awaits all us southpaws,
a stigma that’s hefty
cuz every poor lefty’s
converse to all northpaws without flaws.