A poet is paid a pittance.
This will not come as news.
One seldom dwells on remittance
when engaged with a lively muse.
A poem can take minutes or weeks.
It can live in the back of the brain.
There are valleys and glorious peaks
when the words start to rumble and rain.
A poet needs paper and pen,
or the thoughts may skitter away—
never to return again
and enliven another day.
Pat D’Amico is a columnist with Northwest Prime Time, sometimes a Sharing Stories author, and sometimes a poet.
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