Are you writing about the third world war
that hasn’t happened?
Are you warning of the future
with your new ‘1984’?
Are you writing feel-good romances
or a hopeless poet’s tragedy?
why are you writing?
Is it just that fun
when you see these visions in your head
lose all their power within language’s limits?
Surely there’d be a way of saying everything I saw
if only I could draw
“It’s 50 percent of all language
and it’s almost all made up,”
said David Griffin
while Joseph Salina
(without the ’T’)
demanded objective constructions
out of my charcoal renderings.
Such accuracy and patience
to me was unheard,
but still he quipped
“the hand must be as keen as the eye
when it meets the mind’s light