Monday, July 31, 2017


If you want to write a poem 
just go outside and look around
Maybe you recall the way the lilac
grew until it cleared the fence
or how the ice cream truck
reminds you of how your daughter
always bought a nut covered cone
Perhaps you’ll write about the
student you taught who died too early
or the friend who disappeared one day
Maybe you’ll turn your skin inside out
and write about what no one sees
A poem needs to say what it has to say
It must find a pace and a sound
A poem has a breath and a truth
Tonight I’ll write about my small tomato
plant that grows leaves but no fruit
I’ll start there and let that plant
become a metaphor 


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