OREGON SENIOR POET LAUREATE
John Byrne

SCANDAL

The teens who just invented sex
Are scandalized when we hold hands
They want us to be circumspect,
Those teens who just invented sex.
They worry ‘cause they don’t expect
The senile set to understand
What they have done, inventing sex
And what comes after holding hands.


John Byrne, 63, of Albany, is retired. He writes short stories, puppet plays and formal verse which is published regularly in journals amenable to formal verse. He lives with his wife, Cheryl, an artist, their young daughter (Sean Marie) and Horace, a cat with six toes. We welcome him to our circle of senior poets and hope to read more of his delightful work that often winks at life. His astrological sign is cancer.