I wrote a poetry book, Witness, on my website, petervenable.com which you are welcome to visit and browse. This one is from that collection. It is an allusion to a famous poem.


A Poem Should not be but Mean


My poem is, who I was.

Let’s name it—linguistic fuzz.


“A poem should be wordless”—what?

Its words should sprinkle, not glut.


Close the screen or shut the page:

What matters is, what it does.


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