Treasure Island

Shalom Freedman

(Troy New York)

The Poem Was Destroyed By Its Own Words


The poem was destroyed by its own words
And could not be written-

The words were not good enough
The words were not exact enough -

The poem nonetheless wanted to be
It waited in longing for other words-

Other words came
But they were not the poem either-

The poem it appeared
Was never to be -

The poem disappeared
Before it could be written

That poem forever is not
And in its place only these lines

Barely a poem at all.

Submitted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Edited: Monday, February 20, 2012
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