Down Among the Poets

Success is different down here:
A botched line fixed,
A dog that loves you,
A wren that decides you’re safe.

Patronage only goes so far;
The words have to pull their own weight,
Dredge the images up from neurological pools
Before it all drowns in forgetting.

It’s a lonely business:
We talk to ourselves mostly,
If we’re lucky someone hears,
Wants to see through our eyes.

In the end there is the word;
Shaping vision into memory,
Opening summer in winter,
Understanding itself.

Down here among the poets,
One eye that sees us,
One wink of understanding,
That is success.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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2 Responses to Down Among the Poets

  1. cote8050 says:

    I agree! nice poem, love it 🙂

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