2 – Naysayers

In high school, it was a poem about a boy that changed everything;
teacher said it wasn’t universal — not the poem itself, but my writing
made me wonder at the meaning of poems for years,
filter everything through a fine sieve that didn’t let much pass.

In college, it was a photograph of a grassy slope shrouded in morning fog,
I liked its solitude, but teacher said it needed a deer Right Here
and left a thumbprint on the photo print that never did wipe off.
No matter, she said the work wasn’t sellable, really, so what’s a mark?

Just yesterday, he called this poem boring and predictable;
teacher said it lacked some outstanding factor mere mortals cannot detect,
apparently kin to gods, he was too high up to see the heart of the matter,
so I wrote it anyway, made a mark and sent it off to the Universe…so there!

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. Image: Fingerprint Landscape, Saul Steinberg. National Poetry Month #2 and NaPoWriMo poem. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

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