The Difference Between

The difference between poetry and rhetoric
is being ready to kill
instead of your children.

~ Audre Lorde

Somehow, I always expect
my life
to turn out like a story.
A great novel, with beginning, middle, and end.
Characters enter and are made useful.
It’s supposed to make sense.

But it’s really more like a poem.
A work of art.
My own sketch book, tracing the contours of Being.
Evocative, but not necessarily

The clean, order I expect,
is, in its own way, the stuff of imagination.
Only in my head.

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