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April 23, 2013 / austreberto

if i was a poem (day twenty-three)

This is a kickback to an experience I had at a poetry shindig in Kalamazoo, MI called FIRE.  An AMAZING place for creativity and inspiration.

They would have featured poets come in and perform poetry.  This was the first time that I saw this style of performing.  Theatrical and over the top and just entertaining as all get out.  I LOVED it.

I saw a duo called Dem Cats (or Kats, I forget which) and they performed a piece called “if i was a poem.”

For years I’ve wondered what my poem would be like.  So I wrote one!

What would your poem be like?


if i was a poem


if i was a poem

i would be written under a full moon


with ink taken from the world’s smallest octopus


only enough to write a few words

because size has nothing to do with how much you have to say


if i was a poem

i would be an outlet

to those who are on the verge of breaking

and to those who are broken


you are not the only one who is going through this


you are never alone


if i was a poem

i could be read every which way



and backwards






and squareways


and no matter how you interpreted the body of my words

they still would equal out the same


if i was a poem

i would be love


in its rejections and heartaches


its triumphs and sincerities


from every person you encounter


and that anything disguised as love

that needs to convince you

simply is not


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