NOT EVERY POET

Not every poet charges you by
American Express
Not every poet
will take your last twenty bucks
Not every poet
writes about the leaves of autumn
Not every poet
is the same song and dance

Not every poet is an 800 number
Not every poet
believes in the status quo
Not every poet
walks away into the sunset
Not every poet is seen
on Entertainment Tonight

Not every poet speaks
with the Elgin Marbles in their mouth
Not every poet
is a CIA
Not every poet
is dresssed in Armani
Indeed, the best of them
are dressed in Goodwill

Not every poet
erects their own statue
on Rue Saint Michel
Not every poet
has nothing to say to a mouse

And yet every poet
is half mad, half hungry
and half human

and worthy of your applause


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