Disassembled Spectators

Persistence is required to succeed.
So I was told.

So I was told by those who already succeeded.
I do not understand their goals.

Poets know better than to imagine gold—
an audience screaming as if the poet were a rock star.

There is always the conundrum:
am I a stream moving around rock

a stone moving through the water
or both in motion simultaneously.

No matter. My brain resigns
to my malformed version of a nap.

By the way. I require more manuscript boxes
to store my written poetry.

A polite world generally ignores poets—
their indiscretions and words.

It means I need to misbehave more
to be noticed.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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