The Difficulties of Poetry
This poem was written underwater,
In a steel bubble, surrounded
By blind and asexual fish.
This poem was composed jointly
By a deaf man and a mute woman,
Two strangers tied together, naked,
In a dusty, abandoned house.
This poem was not written but flung
Onto the tent wall of a field hospital
By a soldier about to die.
This poem was incised in concrete
In sub-freezing temperature,
In complete darkness.
This poem was sketched with tinted dirt.
No, it was transmitted with bird sounds
By a decomposing corpse.
This poem has not been written
Under the best of conditions.
The lamp had a green bias.
The day was overcast.