Like a chorus of lyre snakes
Leering with sneers.
Irascible unclean spirits,
Elated by inflated egos:
Schemes belittle the besmirched.
Wendy Gist's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in For Women Who Roar, Fourth River, Galway Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, New Plains Review, Oyez Review, Poetry Pacific, Rio Grande Review, Soundings Review, St. Austin Review and other fine journals. Gist has worked as a professional contributing writer for many leading publications. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the chapbook Moods of the Dream Fog (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Gist was named semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions, 2017.