If I Could Wrap This Up in a Few Words


I've tried to write long poems that will show up in SATs and other standardized tests but I can't

Then I realized something

I'm not meant to be complex

I'm not a poet of code language

And fancy structures with words that geniuses couldn't even understand

I say what I'm supposed to and then I leave, because that's the poet I am

I'll leave the odes and sonnets and all that to those with pens for Shakespeare and Keats

I learn for teachers like Neruda and Hughes and my most favorite Ms. Angelou

So if I could wrap this up in a few words

And say this in terms that people 

With simplistic ideologies can understand

Poetry is a story told by the simplest but most complex story tellers ever known



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