An exercise in anaphora. From 1997. Revised slightly since then.




If All Else Fails

Write about bridge-builders and icon-makers 
Write about massacres and resolute measures 
Write about popular music and cultureslaves 
Write about the Book of Common Prayer 
Write about the grousings of overpaid first-basemen 
Write about Venice Beach's bargain-basement oracles
Write about whited sepulchres 
Write about September 16th on Hampden Street 
Write about ethics in journalism 
Write about the President of the United States 

Write about Silver Lake New Hampshire 
Write about the death of American poetry 
Write about the sparrows 30 minutes before sunrise 
Write about St Hildegarde of Bingen doctor and poet
Write about an appointment at 2:45 pm 
Write about the drunk who met His Eminence 
Write about women who make the city heaven 
Write about Westminster and Windmill Hill 
Write about the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Write about sinners and dense theologians 
Write about taboos and kinks and addictions 

Write about things you don't know about 
Write about mediocrities and saucy little biscuits
Write about the second cup of coffee 
Write about serious things like Hollywood marriages 
Write about the contemporary scene with detached irony 
Write about Saint Monica who prayed for her son 
Write about cappuccino at the Kendall Square Cinema 
Write about dashed hopes and broken promises 
Write about red leaves in late August 
Write about a sturdy hammock in suburban shade 

And if all else fails be silent 
Because silence never makes mistakes





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Written on 2018-09-15 at 04:01

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Bibek
If the lines had been longer, the poem would have almost the same effect on me as any Ginsberg's poem. Anyway, a fun exercise in anaphora. I like your effort.
2018-09-15


josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Silence... from which all thoughts flow.
2018-09-15


ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Write on!
Ken
2018-09-15