seamus p. o’cuinn| advice to a young poet

20 10 2007

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Poetry Dispatch No. 75 | May 31, 2006

Oh, to write just one poem
that would last as long as that rose
tattooed on her butt.
Jim Harrison & Ted Kooser

Advice to a Young Poet by Seamus P. O’Cuinn

If you want to die
a happy poet,
just play the role
but never write
a single line.
Do as Thoreau says,
let the quality
of your life
be your poetry.
Let other be seduced
by the Muses’
promises of fame.
Let them take
the risk
of writing poems,
only to die
with broken hearts,
knowing their lines
will be forgotten
as fast
as they are written-
if they are read
at all.

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