“Can Poets Make a Difference?”
What can a poet
Okay maybe we shouldn’t go down that road –
leave it less travelled,
as you might say –
as we poets are a sorry lot,
apologising for this,
asking forgiveness for that,
and writing less about the other,
than the avid reader would like.
“But, can a poet make a difference?”
I hear you ask once again –
persistent little critiquer, aren’t you?
A poet can make many things…
Or describe a few.
He can make a sow’s ear out of a purse,
a simile sound just like a… similar thing,
or something quite dissimilar.
He’s like a magician with words,
juggling them like a juggler juggles…
“BUT, CAN A POET MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”
I hear you whisper.
Well, give him a selection of vowels and consonants,
and a poet can make a ‘difference’-
Just, not quite the one that you really want.