Pathetic Poetry

“A poem should be about your feelings,” said
an audience that fails to understand.
Experience has other words instead:
“A poem is just a making, and can be
in almost any tone and subject. Dread
the trite and ever seek to be sincere,
but you can lay down any clue of thread.
It isn’t sacrosanct, and won’t demand
a phrase beyond the truth that’s in your head.”

(Magic 9)

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