..from THE POETRY HOTEL.. ‘Amygdalin Notes’

Now that I’ve seen poetry proposed by
porpoises, or dolphins; the stuttering hieroglyphics
where it’s easy metaphor, clever for the moment,
almost an instruction where the equal sign floats
emptily, amid scratched engraven disingenuous notes
I see greatness has left a greater space

I don’t have the benefit of academia – years of
climbing throats, spitting out brilliance
for the absolution of leisure time with old goats,
young nymphs and assorted morons
demanding obedience and clarity – that broken
bottle-neck of charity that drove singular poets

To jump ship, dive into eternity off a bridge –
there’s no tight-wire flip, no challenge in insight
obtained within these lawyer’s briefs: no passion
on the edge of amygdalin threads, leading
in song on a horizon unguessed til it lived:
just the bleating of charm echoing a singular note


©Dean Baker

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