Friday, April 1, 2011

National Poetry Month - Day 1

The only way we're going to make it through National Poetry Month is if we fight poetry with poetry. To that end, I've made a resolution to post a poem per day here through the month of April. Since today is April Fools' Day, I'll start with one of my own, "Channeled." It was published on April 30, 2007 by the University of Iowa's "Daily Palette" as part of its "Iowa Writes" program.


I will be channeled by a young girl who
won't think about murdering her parents.

She'll braid her own golden hair
while watching "Price is Right" reruns.

A litany of short-lived pets, who themselves
have channeled other pets, will be her legacy.

A book will be written about her and will include
the controversial channeling years.

When she pulls me into her psyche, I will be sweaty
from having just mowed the lawn.

She'll get me a beer, as she might for her father,
and we'll watch whatever comes on after "The Price Is Right."

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