Scenes from late-night conversation with a poet (a poem)

Today’s entry.

1
No, I never just start talking
you have to get me comfortable first
perhaps feed me a line to get me started

Maybe then we’ll get to close the place down

2
A poet saves words
for the page or the screen
exposing old fears
and settling debts

3
Ghosts are known for showing up
and disappearing at will

They’re often unwelcome reminders
the poet has invited in

That’s when the discomfort begins

4
When the scene becomes
too gruesome to look
make it a tool of construction
another brick in the wall
or a bridge to a new destination

5
When I set my foot on the ladder
I didn’t know it led up to a slide

but I signed up for this ride
now I have to find out where it’s going

6
No, I think that’s enough

Once you get me talking
I’ll just keep talking

and they’re getting ready to close the place down

(24 December 2017)