Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Writing and Noticing

he was talking about writing
book after book of short stories
a few novels, being well known
when he realized he didn't want to be a
who would write a meaningless
four hundred words every day
a few thousand.
he said
in order to write, you have to notice
the look on her face
how a dog leaps into the air before
burying her nose in the snow,
the sorrow on the faces of those who
are lonely but too afraid to reach out,
how happy I am to get new socks,
the click of yaktraks, the sound of the
scraper on an iced over windshield,
what I avoid because it makes me sad.
all that can be written by a poet,
not a lawyer.

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