101

The little girl I sometimes care for
told me about one of her lessons
in class today.
“There was a handout on poetry,”
she said.
“Oh,” I smiled, “I know a little something about poetry.”
“What?” She asked
and I said “I dunno.
“What was in the handout?”

“Some terms we should know,”
she replied,
“like stanza, and line
break,
and rhyme and –
what is meter again?”
“Dadada dadada dada?” I suggested.
“Right, but what is it?”
“The rhythm of the words, I think.
I don’t know the terms all that well.”
“Well, then,” she wondered,
“What kind of poet are you, anyway?”
“You ask the good questions,” I responded.

I’m an unlearned poet.
I’m an autodidact poet.
I’m a standup poet.
I’m an ADD poet
or a short attention span poet, or –
what?
I’m a prolific poet.
I’m a repetitive poet.
I’m a prose poet.
I’m concrete poet.
I’m a good poet.
Am I a good poet?
Am I really a poet at all
just because I call myself one?
Does it actually work that way?

I turned from my reverie
and faced the girl.
She really did ask good questions.
“You l learn anything else today?”

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s