October 23, 2007

YOU ASK WHY I WRITE ABOUT DEATH AND POETRY

Thereís entirety in eternity,
and in the pearly gatesóthe pages relate.

I fall prey to
                    poetry,

have hated
                    death.

You know, Iíve never understood reality,
          then try to relay itótearily, iratelyó
          and Iím a liar yet.

But when I write about death and poetry,
     itís donated therapy
   where I converse with
   Emily Dickinson, my inky misled icon.

And when my dream songs are demonís rags,
     I dust my manuscript in a manic spurt
   hoping the reader will reread

because I want the world
to pray for poets as we are only a story of paper.

—Kelli Agodon
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Previously published in 32 Poems

Posted by dwaber at October 23, 2007 01:56 PM