I suspect no one knows I am the poet laureate of my street. 
I declare myself him,
but—who knows!—
might there be a budding Frost or Williams or Kooser
on my same block?
( I would never think one block over.)
Should I call a competition? Go door to door?
Perhaps put a scroll of poems in each mailbox, declaring...
Ah, I fear,
aesthetic instinct, 
the time is probably not ripe.
When it is, I will strike. 
Then no fear,


Vern Fein has published poems in *82 Review, The Literary Nest, Silver Birch Press, Rat's Ass Review, Bindweed Magazine, Gyroscope Review, a haiku, Spillwords, VerseWrights, VietNam War Poetry, Ibis Head Review, Spindrift, Former People, has a non-fiction pieces in Quail Bell and The Write Place at the Write Time, and has a short story in the the online magazine Duende from Goddard College.