Risk poetry? You must be a mistaken. Poetry is the lowest risk that can be taken. Imagine writing a play so bad it flops Or a story so disturbing, they call the cops. Or scribbling drafts of suicide notes In your math book, between asymptotes. A “fiction” that’s too true to life, A dating profile – don’t tell your wife. Or on your own blog, your political views (which should be fine, but have you seen the news?) Your scientific paper published far and wide, with data you knowingly falsified. A business plan that could go under, A signed confession to your own blunder. To put a lie – or the truth – on your résumé Scrawl “homeless” on cardboard to beg for change. To sign papers for adoption or divorce, A contract when you’ll have no recourse. An email to guests you’re uninviting - All of this is much riskier writing! For poetry helps to cushion the blow Of telling secrets – no one has to know! Which are the truths within your words. A well-crafted poem allows you to blur Add some imagery or philosophical abstraction, Or a rhyme scheme for distraction. Got a nosy reader you can’t ignore? Just claim your poem’s a metaphor. Risky poems have no consequences. For poets don’t pay recompenses. No such thing as poetic injury. So write a poem - how bad could it be?
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