The poetry teacher says,

“The way to write poetry’s this:

Say what you want to say.

Say what is needed.”

everyone smiles teacher smiles

paint pretty preachers

hang them up to dry

by the newsreel.

say what you wanna say.

say what is needed.

everything spoken on display

art in museum

understand inventions


say what you want to say.

say what’s needed.

magician trick for pay

like wine to water

and I am just a little bit cynical.

Say what I want?

What is needed?

Others expound,


My turn.

Show¬†‘n tell;

how to say what? I want

to say…but, needed?

Pen pondering

then reading

two words:

It hurt.