Plumbline Valentine


Is poetry like the economy
full of sub-prime mortgage lenders
off-shore tax delinquents
needing balancing out
great wealth (read greed)
the height of self-absorption
or what needing regulating where would
the architectonic get to in cabaret music
next we’re going to be marrying the unborn
still not sure we care about one another
enough to suffer any intolerance
to our virtue in the icy rice paddies
of discursive thought far from poetry’s crib.
No, poetry is not like the economy, stupid
and no you’re not stupid
but what the economy must even out
forcing us to share as brothers and sisters
the baying bitch wolf of poetry must point to
still the losing of it all.

1 comment:

Henry Gould said...

Welcome to the plumbline, Peter!