Monday, September 8, 2008

The Trick


The trick, one poet said to another,
is to make your long lines seem short
and your short lines seem long —
then, let your words echo like freight cars.

That’s no trick, the other poet replied,
it’s just plain common sense.

The talk that followed
was drowned out
by the sound
of a passing train,

thank God.

(first publication)


Update:
In the Forum: Banjo-playing, detail-oriented plumbing interns wanted for ambitious study conducted by bearded, esoteric loons.

2 comments:

brian salchert said...

A train in time
turns talk to mime,

but your Update
is even funnier.

William Michaelian said...

Yes, updates like these make it hard to believe that John Berbrich and I are really engaging in a very serious literary dialogue. But I just can’t help myself.