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roll out the poet

by Indigo Tempesta

I, the poet: make a handsome lawn ornament.

Priced clay.

Observe—question—provoke—apply

a penetrating mind and a gentle hand:

record your thoughts on

a handful of flesh.

 

Mineral-laced: wrap your tongue around it long enough.

Savor each layer of flavor, say, aaaaaah, then blow

some zephyr my way; since these days I

breathe and words burn:

     perverse parolees scribbling,

laughing unto death, banging the world

as if it were their head, as if paper were pennies

for all their heads, making the personal truth objective

as a penny is.

 

                        Freshen the latent reader’s

currency, dole out your spare pounds as form

and shine. Attract the cagey crow’s eye

and each eye that falls: not just the urn

but the unheard rhyme.

03/07/2009

Author's Note: by maria, terry, barbara, vere, erica, john, amanda, jennifer, tracy, bryn, jon, paige

Posted on 03/07/2009
Copyright © 2021 Indigo Tempesta

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 03/07/09 at 08:03 PM

Brilliant.

Posted by Vere Mantratriad on 03/07/09 at 09:47 PM

haha Awesome.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 03/08/09 at 12:46 AM

Precious brilliant thrilling insane poets, all ye!

Posted by Maria Massarella on 03/08/09 at 02:16 AM

Such brilliant choreagraphy dances your ink's flow, O Poetess!

Posted by Jennifer Ragan on 03/08/09 at 03:39 AM

Cleverly done

Posted by Jared Fladeland on 03/08/09 at 03:46 AM

This reminds me of myself, the writing about the process of creating art. Likedit.

Posted by Sandy M. Humphrey on 03/09/09 at 04:01 PM

Wish there was a rating for exquisite lanquage usage...smh.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/09/09 at 05:03 PM

Wow! Incredible vibes from this collaboration!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/04/10 at 03:37 PM

Great to see this as POTD! Congrats to all.

Posted by Steve Michaels on 11/04/10 at 11:29 PM

So good to see one of your poems again! Congrats on POTD - hope all is well with you!

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