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!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: