Peter Dabbene

F You

Fancy, for a flash, forsaking F…
Fates forfend!
Fleeced by frauds,
foul freaks, fancy fops?
Faced with flunkies, fawning and fulsome?
Fearful about foreigners?
Feast on forbidden fruit:
the forceful fricative, a fluency fixative for the fractious–
F you.

Following a fully F format fulfills fascinations and fashions faculties–
forgetting the familiar, favoring the flamboyant,
the foudroyant.
The formidable eff-
icacy of the F fosters:
folk fled the flood, floating, flags furled, frogs and felines fraternizing ;
phalanxes failed; forces felled, foul fortune followed;
and Fallacies—
flouridation fears, flattening forests, faulty fracking, Fantastic Four films.

Freestyle, F functions flexibly
for friends, family, festivity, and fun;
for frightful foes: flu, flux, flan,
fast food, full of fat: flame-frizzled french fries, Filet-O-Fish, frankfurters.

Frankly, the frequent favorite
flows from Friday fêtes and fervid fondling—
flush flesh, fodder for fluffers,
the feral frisson of filthy fornication.

Forgoing F fundamentally fails freedom;
fortunately, this frightful fantasy is fatuous fabrication, flatulent, farfetched fiction from a fabulist;
fustian farce finished, final farewells furnished,
fans and faultfinders fittingly forecast a fond furlough from F—for the foreseeable future.


Peter Dabbene’s poetry has been published in many online and print literary journals, and collected in the photo book Optimism. His stories can be found at Defenestration, McSweeney’s, Word Riot, and elsewhere, and his comic book work can be seen in the graphic novels Ark and Robin Hood. He has published two story collections, Prime Movements and Glossolalia, and a novel, Mister Dreyfus' Demons. His latest books are the humor collections Spamming the Spammers, More Spamming the Spammers, and The End of Spamming the Spammers. He writes a monthly column for the Hamilton Post and reviews for BlueInk Review and Foreword Reviews. His plays have been performed in New Jersey and Philadelphia venues. His website is