Please Understand - Poem by RIC BASTASA

Have a little consideration
For my unpoetic
Choice of words
I know they are not
To your liking

Your taste is
Professiorial chair-like poetry

Distinguished literati

We are different

You write in the name
Of literature
Perhaps for a prize

You really have to follow
What the awards committee
Says in the rules
Follow page one
Do not disregard page two
And the last rule is

Do no deviate
Do not be a deviant man of
Literature of poetry
Of music
To their ears

I write because I do not know
How to live anymore.

This is a life-death situation
And there are no rules

No specific authorized physician
For this sick, dying man

Those that heal, come
Those that know how to heal, you are welcome.

Tersely put, I write in order to
Live everyday of my life.

Not for fame, not for honor
Not for a chart, they are not necessary.
I have no use of such. Give it to the Lady or the
Gentleman out there, who is grappling with a name
Not with life.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 19, 2008

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