Poetica Pragmatica*

Poetica Pragmatica*


I go to write a poem

And think that I

Have something ordinary lined up

To go with

Something extraordinary

And the ordinary is there

But the extraordinary

Is nowhere to be found.

I think

And look

And puzzle

But still it doesn’t come

And I don’t know what to do

So I stop trying to think of

The extraordinary

And find that after a while,

If I think of it long enough

The ordinary is extraordinary

After all.


*Roughly translated from an unknown tongue, “Sometimes poetry is nothing but practical.”



April 8, 2019

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