Morning Poem, June 30, 2015

              How To Write Poetry

 

Poe said that he wrote his poems

The way a man builds a bridge

“This is the effect I want,” he said.

“And so these are the words I need.”

He did it hammer and tong, he said.

Taking labored hours.

 

He says this of the very poems

That rush like waterfalls

And haunt like demons.

 

I don’t believe him.

 

When Jagger wrote “Brown Sugar”

He was smiling as he stood

The pen could not move fast enough

He flipped the pages in the legal pad

And in twenty minutes, there it was.

 

 

He just let it in

It would not have been there the next day.

 

I believe him.

 

Copyright 2015

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