How to Become a Poet

Should you ever need to write a poem,

choose to write it in a language

that you are not very sure of.

 

This way, by putting words together

in new, unusual combinations,

they will think you did it on purpose,

praise you as a genius,

applaud you and ask you

what do you think about this

or that matter.

 

In that very moment, when everyone is looking,

you stand up before they could forget you

that very day, week, or the years after

And, with an appropriate pronunciation,

The voice trembling in your neck

Like the flicker of eternity,

 

Say it!

Say it loud!

Say it loud and clear

for the future generations,

that your poem’s splendor

lies in your laziness

 

to look up in a dictionary.

 

06.01.19

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4 thoughts on “How to Become a Poet

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  1. I see now… That’s why I had such a good reception for some short stories I published years ago on writing.com. I wasn’t very confident in my English skills.
    I really like the poem. It managed to put a smile on my face.

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  2. ¡Qué bonito juego de la intención de escribir un poema! Juegas con su esqueleto, el juego de la intención de escribir un poema que se convierte en poema, en uno muy bonito. Te he escrito el mensaje en español por el mismo motivo que mencionas en el poema. Salutări

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