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This site exists for one purpose only: to help dispel the ugly myth that poetry is boring. Granted, a lot of poetry is boring, but you won't find it here. At Your Daily Poem, you'll find poetry that is touching, funny, provocative, inspiring, and surprising. It may punch you in the gut, it may bring tears to your eyes, it may make you laugh out loud, but it most assuredly will not bore you.

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Remember: a poem a day keeps the doldrums away!

Always Something
William Vollrath

alarm didn’t sound
dog barking in ear
electricity off
headache from beer
cold water in shower
car alarms down the street
no coffee in cupboard
today’s looking offbeat
downstairs is freezing         
my pants have a tear
still the sun rose this morning
so why should I care…

© by William Vollrath.
Used with the author’s permission.



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William Vollrath lives in beautiful and historic Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has finally found time to focus on writing after varied experiences as a grave digger, ad salesman, English instructor, real estate appraiser, bartender, political activist, stockbroker, substitute teacher, volunteer, father, and husband. He hopes sharing his experiences, perceptions, frustrations, and joys will be good therapy for himself and may even provide moments of lasting illumination for others. William’s award-winning poetry has been published in a variety of journals, anthologies, and e-zines.



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