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A POET’S ANTHEM

10 Apr

“A Poet’s Anthem” was published in The Brink at Logan Pond (Lulu Press. 2005).

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A Poet’s Anthem

Blessed be those who
strip off their scalps and skulls and pants
and stand bare-assed and bare-brained
on the steps of City Hall,
where they sing and weep and
dance naked for the gaping crowd
because the price of truth is blood.

Blessed be those who,
among the debris of twinkies and quarts of beer,
their hearts broken by imagining with a purpose,
write with pencil stubs on used pizza boxes
lines that burn.

Blessed be those who
hold high the banner of mellifluousness
above the talons of the prosaic hordes,
who know that, if screen doors were not so named,
something else would have to be,
and who know banana and Mombasa and sillion
as gifts from the gods.

Blessed be those who
wake up sweating in the January night
and scribble with erasable bics
on the cracking window shades
dreams of fox fire and neon streets that breathe.

Blessed be those who
eat their own blood and share it
because they are the slaves of words
and sacrifice their firstborn
for the masters that they love.

Blessed be those who
expose the secrets of
the flickering synapses of their souls,
compelled to sky write them
in the guileless blue
above puritan villages
and cities that work.

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