A Poet

By Juan Sacelli


a poet

cannot be a christian

a muslim, buddhist, Jew

for those are old I’s

in which everything seen

is obscene

a poet

cannot be a capitalist

marxist, theorist, socialist

for those are old I’s

in which every scene

which is foreseen

is still unseen

a poet is neither theist

nor atheist

but classless

and massless

a poet writes

no fiction

and no facts

but shuns both fact-shuns

and fic-shuns

both found and profound

until the facts are fitted

with a deference

into a difference

a poet

ends her poem

not before he has ended

but before

you have ended

and before

we have begun

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