Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stalking the Poem

The Poet must be a detective
who warily tracks an idea
and charms words to confess
an emotional articulation of image.

Clues pieced together form
line and stanza
which are closely examined
as if under a magnifying glass
then rearranged for effect
and revelation.

The sleuth must ascertain
guilt or innocence
of black on white.
The guilty are punished with exile
and the innocent set free.

Marsha Salerno

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