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Monday, April 30, 2012

Poetry for Dummies

Last night
Walking home
From the Hi-Line
I crossed paths
With a father scolding
His two young kids
For using the word dummy
When talking to him
Never again did he want
To hear them speak that way
At the risk of getting
An especially long time out

So it begins
Learning what
We’re not permitted to say
The abridgement of our  
Basic freedoms seems to
Make perfect sense
But takes a lifetime
Of hard work and forgetting
Before finally
It may be overcome
When it comes to poetry
We are all of us dummies
Every single one
Poets and readers alike
Straining to find the words
Which long ago were
Forbidden us
By the accident of
Our membership
In the human race

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