Poem Twenty Five

A Poem for the Pessimist

for Amanda Palmer

for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

April 25, 2013

 

You don’t know what bad poetry is

You don’t know what good poetry is

You don’t know what sadness is

You don’t know what happiness is

You don’t know that puppies smile without even trying

You don’t know that cats ignore you on purpose

You don’t know that dolphins do not wear swimsuits

You don’t know that really bad poetry is easy to publish

but hard to read

You don’t know the hardest thing of all is reading

bad poetry written by good friends because then

you have to lie and pretend

You don’t know you have to say, “Good poetry”

(Exclamation point)

because you don’t know that’s part of being a “Good friend”

The end

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