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  • Gary Hunter

Now Hiring Poets! Aug.15, 2022

writing a poem

does not require

rising early to shower

grabbing coffee and a muffin

before a long commute to punch

the time clock of creativity


it certainly doesn’t need

a desk with a blotter

a new-fangled chair

a friendly atmosphere

or even friendlier boss

nor demand 15-minute

state-ordered breaks

overtime pay or free

lunches with colleagues


though one will need a bowl

perhaps a pinch of moon glow

a tablespoon of crossed eyes

sprinkled with luck

to mix the bland words

spread it onto a sheet

and bake till crispy


the best poets

know exactly how long

to time the cook

and serve it

still chewy in the center

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