what poets do

hiker 01

                                                                                for kb
                                                                                dear poet friend
                                                                                and inspiration

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

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

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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