ON NOT WRITING A BERLIN WALL POEM

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MARCO! POLO!

 

If you’re alone

with your thoughts long enough

eventually

the pen will

take on a life of its own

 

but all the brooding

in the world

doesn’t excuse not

writing the Berlin Wall poem

 

and it doesn’t really 

matter what happens

to your stolen clothes in Prague

 

seeing castles and canals

is impressive

German villages along

the Elbe River inspire awe

 

& certain numbness of cliché

overtakes a solemn moment

of pure reflection

 

and in the end

there are no excuses

for not writing this poem

 

but what you’re really

afraid of isn’t that

 

what you’re really 

afraid of is that

in the end

it doesn’t really matter

that you didn’t write that poem

 

10-17-97

Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

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