December 19, 2008

Why I don't write formal verse


As long as I donít have to follow any rules Iím okay,
This doesnít include stopping on red but otherwise
Iíve got too many imperatives in my life to want to put them into poetry

What I want is the writing itself to tell me where Iím at,
What it means, where Iím going, how i can Ė eventually Ė make sense
As long as I donít have to follow any rules Iím okay.

Because you know it really is getting harder to remember
All the codes, passwords, procedures at the bank:
Iíve got too many imperatives in my life to want to put them into poetry

Then there are all those medications I have to take
Before meals, after, before trying to relax.
As long as I donít have to follow any rules Iím okay,

And the situation: what you do in case of a rocket attack
Biological warheads, dirty bombs, terrorist accidents.
Iíve got too many imperatives in my life to want to put them into poetry.

So I like to keep it easy and loose in verse
let myself rise above the restrictions in the world
As long as I donít have to follow any rules Iím okay,
Iíve got too many imperatives in my life to want to put them into poetry

—Karen Alkalay-Gut

Posted by dwaber at 01:42 PM