✿ Poem for Waterfowl

Poem for Waterfowl

I wrote a poem I liked,
with words strung together
in an odd and pleasing way,
but I didn’t post it anywhere;
I thought it would piss
people off, since poetry
ought to communicate
and this one had no meaning,
or none you could articulate.

And then I named it “Poem
for Waterfowl,” for no reason
except those words leaped
to mind. But that just
seemed to make things worse.
So I thought perhaps a prologue
to the poem could clear
things up. I could encourage
people to read
the following just for fun—
just for the rolling
of the words. Then, I imagined,
any meaning could rise
in their body, maybe later
in the day, as a good
And maybe then they’d smile
despite their beaks.


About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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