Lockdown writing: ten things about The Poem.
4. Let the day walk around turning off the lights,
turning off the sun, let the layered shadows become
a despairing womb. The Poem will appear as you remove
the blindfolds, one by one. Don’t be gentle. 5. Imagine
desire. Imagine satisfaction. Imagine a heart that has
forgotten longing. If The Poem comes from deprivation,
it cannot feel another’s pain. It fills its eyes and ears with
its own sorrow. 6. When you say goodnight to The Poem, don’t
tuck it in, don’t kiss it goodnight, don’t read it another poem.
Abandon it in the coldest corner, on the hardest floor, in
the darkest room. What it is, will depend on where you find
it in curled up in the morning. And if it is still sleeping.
read – the way
you read the night sky –
not seeing the darkness