Sunday, November 01, 2009

Not Bowing to Demand

author’s note:

After that last poem, I felt I should lighten up a bit.

I say: language is made to be played with...

...but not twisted until it breaks.


The ad tells me
I can
       “Be In Demand!”

I’m intrigued because
I’ve rarely been in
any kind
of demand.

However, as I recall
when I was, I doubted I could
meet that demand.

But I was younger in the past.

So what if I did become
“In Demand”?--
how exactly would I answer?

Well, I would try to be honest.
I would say what I’ve been saying
since the last time
I was in demand:

         look not to me, but to yourself--
         look within--
         I can not give you
         what you already

But such talk is apt
to make some people
I might lose
whatever demand
I was in.

So be it:
I will bow--
but not to demand.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
earnest audio
new steps

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