ABLE Commission
Anthem Brewing is one of several Oklahoma breweries waiting on an Attorney General's opinion regarding their ability to sell high-point beer in taprooms. (William W. Savage III)

Comic First — ABLE Commission

ABLE Commission
Oklahoma breweries’ tasting room plans are hamstrung by the wait for an Attorney General opinion requested by the ABLE Commission, which is really proving to be That Guy who sucks. (Mike Allen)

 Poetry Second

Sundarbans: Give us breath
by James Coburn

A sacred forest of mangroves
a pristine cathedral of nature
the handiwork of creation
a gift through millenniums
unspoiled, untouched without
corruption, a place without
exploitation made green by
the grace of God.
Let it be.

The Sundarbans mangrove forest
covers the coast of Bangladesh
and West Bengal of India.
You breathe the Sundarbans’
green oasis.
A place to give thanks
for life;
protected by tiger eyes,
a sleek radiance of  the sun
burning bright.
Hinder not the wild flowers,
creatures of ancient paths
and breathing planet.
Let it be.

This gift for the living
the mouth of the Ganges
with the voice of Royal Bengal Tiger,
Irawadi dolphins, estuarine crocodiles.
Batagur baska and footprints of the last
Panthera tigris tigris.
Give us breath.

(Editor’s Note: NonDoc provides Sundaze as a weekly space for poetry, short prose, visual art and other ideas pitched by creatives in Oklahoma and around the world. All submissions are encouraged, and new creatives are sought. Submit your work for publication by contacting

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Mike Allen is a graphic designer, painter, printer and tailor. He has a fine art degree from the University of Oklahoma.
James Coburn is an Oklahoma poet, photographer and journalist. His first book of poetry, "Words of Rain," was a 2015 finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards. His work has appeared numerous anthologies. A long­time journalist for The Edmond Sun, Coburn is a 2013 inductee of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.