Saturday, September 24, 2011


                      by Jim Rapp

What drives a poet to write more?
Perhaps it is that last verse,
The one just ushered through the door
Unwashed, unfed, ill clad, or worse.

There is always hope that his next "child"
Will bear the marks of noble, ancient ancestry;
Will resemble some forgotten kinfolk mild
And not the face reflected in his recent poetry.

What drives a poet to write another verse?
The fear that his last might be remembered –
What a desperate curse –
To go to poet's heaven thus encumbered.

What drives a poet to produce more words?
"Last words," he knows, often are the measure
By which time, the judge, accords
"Thumbs up" or "thumbs down" at the mob's pleasure.

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