Poetry is energy

Please don’t tell me
that poetry is this,
or poetry is that,
or should not go there
or tackle the tough.

Poetry is energy,
is life and force,
and will be what it
wants to be as flow
that settles into a solid state
as form from time to time,
only to move and shift again as
it comes to each human place.

Please don’t tell me that
this is good and that is poor,
as if some measure is applied
to that which cannot be contained.

For out of me, you and us it
comes like blood from a wound
that is sometimes deep and
sometimes spurts and often trickles
till it is stopped up like a dam
waiting and waiting to burst again.