Please Read Me, Oh Yeah, Like I Read You

It doesn’t matter how much
I need you to read my words
Why indulge my weakness –
it is not yours
and yet for
every artist that assures
the world that they don’t care
I tell you there are many
liars there
Waiting
for someone to say
they appreciate the
heart they spilled
on the page

Tenterhooked

It is the curse of
artists and poets
to be driven
beyond reason
by some
unseen force, to be
helplessly coerced
into attempting to contain
the very essence of
nature and the gods themselves
in tightly laced straitjackets
of lines and rhymes, to stop time
and twist the formless into
crude word forms.
Words!
To think that
my poor language
could contain
the majesty
of what my eyes see,
that they could convey
the power of my dreams,
that the absurdity of
“green”
could grasp the
heart of Spring!
It is madness
but I must try.
The relentless
fire inside
me rises
and must be
freed
lest it
consume me.
No, there is
no hope
for poets –
we are not
our own