Patrick O'Reilly

Rookie (1988 / St John's, NL)

Question - Poem by Patrick O'Reilly

How do you start a poem?
Is it something bred inside you,
An Immaculate Conception
Waiting for a nativity scene?

Or does Christmas Day come first,
And then you speak your holy hymn?

Or could it be just on a whim?
A switch you can flick on and off,
Praying, in foredoomed hope, that your bulb
Never burns out
Before you can make everyone see?

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 4, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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