Poems for Deirdre

I think you thought

you were marrying a poet.

I did.

But I wasn’t a poet,

because I wanted my poems

to be perfect.

It was so hard to be perfect,

that I didn’t try.

Maybe that’s why

you thought I was.

I hadn't failed, yet,

for lack of trying.

But sometimes,

when I wasn’t thinking too hard,

a poem happened.

They got copied from hard drive to hard drive,

from KayComp to PowerBook,

risking nothing.

They are all for you, now,

because you no longer think

poets are perfect

and I am

willing to try.

 

9/14/03

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