24.12.08

subtlety

i am writing this poem for you, sir,
for you who remembers
the sort of emotion that goes into these things.
for you who warned me
about first loves and last fights.
for you who knows
a poet when he sees one.

i am writing this poem for you, sir,
in hopes that when you read it
you do not see yourself in it, but,
in your own knowledge, you can feel
all the hundreds of sirs who have spoken
or will speak to me in this way,
giving me words to work with.

i am writing this poem for you, sir,
for the kind of sir who is ever-present
in the writing of all poetry.
for the kind of sir who gives
to the next generation with wild hopes.
for the kind of sir who believes
in the poignancy of dreams, in the inability of nothing to happen.

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