The poet’s pen

The poet’s pen is not

a pen for poetry, as if this

is the purpose of the art;

it is no more a pen for poetry 

than the artist’s brush is for painting 

or the sculptor’s tools are for

the great installation on display.


No! The poet’s pen is the feeling

wand that creates not tidy words

of accomplishment but the magic 

of seeing fresh the messy human state.