April is National Poetry Month

It turns out April is not “the cruellest month”, like T.S. Eliot penned in his poem The Waste Land. April is National Poetry Month, and Fintel Library plans on celebrating this by publishing a poem a day on this blog. Each poem contains a number in it somewhere, and that number represents the date that the poem will be published.

So, what’s today’s poem?

 

A Quick One Before I Go

  by David Lehman

There comes a time in every man’s life

when he thinks: I have never had a single

original thought in my life

including this one & therefore I shall

eliminate all ideas from my poems

which shall consist of cats, rice, rain

baseball cards, fire escapes, hanging plants

red brick houses where I shall give up booze

and organized religion even if it means

despair is a logical possibility that can’t

be disproved I shall concentrate on the five

senses and what they half perceive and half

create, the green street signs with white

letters on them the body next to mine

asleep while I think these thoughts

that I want to eliminate like nostalgia

0 was there ever a man who felt as I do

like a pronoun out of step with all the other

floating signifiers no things but in words

an orange T-shirt a lime green awning

- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16306#sthash.jwCQLPMI.dpuf

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s