For Tuesday’s afflicted:
A POEM FOR THE INAUGURATION.
SOMEWHERE A POET scratches out a line.
Somewhere a teacher says Take up your pencils.
Somewhere a secretary says Ow my wrist hurts.
Somewhere a clerk says Welcome to Burger King how may I help you.
Somewhere a chicken waits to cross the road because he says I must see what is on the other side,
Stands on the brink on the brim on the cusp on the edge on the side on the border.
Praise the poet for speaking with the voice of the people.
Praise the poet for writing a poem that speaks as the people speak.
Praise the people for speaking in the words of poets.
Praise the people for standing still politely.
Praise the poem for avoiding rhyme and rhythm.
Praise the poem for being written in prose.
We shall have no poetry here.
I dare say most of us could use Prof. Alexander’s poem as a great inspiration.