Wednesday 23 August 2023

To Write or not to Write a Poem


Well, you can read a poem instead

and marvel at the writer's skill

and berate yourself about your lack there-off

and hope that you will be inspired to emulate

Or you can sweep the crumbs off the table

with your new professional table brush

and imagine you are a waiter 

in, say, the Boulevard Saint Michel

Or you can rest your chin 

on the back of your upturned hand

in the mode of Michaelangelo's Thinker

and ponder the mysteries of life

Or you can meditate while pondering

and listen to the dog's tail thumping

the clock ticking ,a nearby crane swivelling 

its driver cursing

You can write a shopping list

a to-do list, a wish list

or check your emails,a sure-fire way 

of landing in a cul-de-sac

Or you can write a poem

about trying to avoid 

writing a poem

and simply don't edit it.

Copyright 2023 Cathy Leonard All rights reserved 

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