what poets do

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                                                                                for kb
                                                                                dear poet friend
                                                                                and inspiration

poets…
write poem Baedekers
for us — as presence maps…
offer field glass insight
for us—as sharper focus…
print a compass rose
for us—as direction place

poets…
skate ideas
on image blades
suspended above thought
untested for the weight
and necessary friction
of slicing across time

poets…
sonar the Marianas
of their inmost self…
probe the deeps
of truth and beauty
for exotics there

 

Bonnie Marshall

Artwork by Kathryn Matthews

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