Looking for a Poet
- LOOKING FOR A POET
When you were little you wanted things
Then you learned to point & make noises
but that was indirect & too easily ignored
Therefore you started learning language
so you could ask for things by name
& before you knew it
you couldn't even think without words
Where can you find a functioning poet
in case something needs expressing?
Is reading words to pick up information
like watching pieces of wood float by
to learn everything about a river
except how fast the water goes?
Are things best known by their opposites?
What can words tell you about
something as personal as your own death?
When words get done with death it sounds
like nothing but an out of work actor
hired to play the part in a skeleton suit
who beckons you with a boney finger
Come take a look into
When you `re digging a hole for yourself
words crowd around like hungry gulls
but when you're feeling something wonderful
nary a word comes to mind
Well wash my mouth out with language
Here you are looking for a poet
but stumble instead upon a human being
Have you ever been reading a poem
like this one & then suddenly realized
the poem is talking directly to you?
How did this morning's amazing insight
turn into this evening's tired cliché?
As for language I can take it or leave it
or dish it out & I can stop any time I like