How to Write a Poem
You are here. It’s raining outside, the family is about its business–you have a few moments at the screen. You know you haven’t been writing the way you promised yourself you would. So
you start with line breaks. Problematic
things, forcing you to look at each,
wonder about effect, even count.
count, you know, that thing you never do;
and to stanza or not to stanza, whether it’s better…
or whatever he said. Now what?
ah, the secret weapon, tiresome:
research. how odd, it ends up
like visiting best friends
you were here, remember, old buddy?
that boyhood day, at play on the field, muddy,
bruised and happy. Delighted and just cruddy
and now in print. but who needs a period?
the subject is melting, the word amazing our minds
dissolving into thought and escapades
Like Isabella, that master of necessity.
Didn’t I tell ya? Unfading and edible:
voices and Voice–fun, indelible.
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