shot glass
Issue # 6 January 2012
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Charmaine Thomson lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Charmaine studied performance music and teaching in the past. She studied poetry through the online programme at Whitireia Polytechnic in 2007. She works in the Tertiary Education sector. She has been published in both New Zealand and United States publications including the 4th Floor Literary Journal, a fine line, The Shot Glass Journal and the Fib Review.

Charmaine is interested in exploring the connections between composition, modern languages and performance.

Charmaine Thomson

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A side of polite

This is your missile,
ripping through any charm.
Just the basic moves.

It's a small space
to post your demands,
urgent, harsh and external.

Baffled by an assault of words
that robs you of any finesse
and strips the sun of flares.

Thanks for the offer –
I prefer my pleasure
with a side of polite.