April Is Poetry Month

April Is Poetry Month

What to do when
Shakespeare is dead, and

they say poetry is too, and
all my moribund metaphors are dead
just because she ran off to
a festival without me, because
I am not very exciting, so maybe
in contemplation, I could

assume a poem could be found
on unlikely charming tongues
on ice cream cones, and I
could lick it. Place

words on feathers that
tickle the fickle. Let me

make the loop of the river
spell
splash blue ink
for me. Hello,
for you many
I’d say

storm out of yourself, you yourself
a thunder whisper in a flash
in your moment of
passion flooding
momentously drizzling drops
of salty inklings, fresh
up a creek for a beaver
in his safe house.

Trees fall
heard. Who’s
there, here
who calls
to be right
write

in a pickle. Read
me with syrup
under a maple
over a river
with a pickle
resuming a crunch

many picnics
in many words

— Douglas Gilbert

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April Is Free-verse Poetry Month

Poetry Month

What to do:

Assume a poem could be found
on unlikely tongues
on ice cream cones
and lick it. Place

words on feathers that
tickle the fickle. Let

the loop of the river
spell
splash blue ink.

Storm out of yourself
a thunder whisper in a flash
in a moment of
passion flooding
momentously drizzling drops
of salty inklings
up a creek for a beaver

Trees fall
heard. Who’s
there, here
who calls
to be right
write

in a pickle. Read
me with syrup
under a maple
over a river
with a pickle
resuming a crunch

— Douglas Gilbert
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