02
May
07

I Liked This Poem…

…the first time I read it.  I still like it.  Here it is, reprinted without permission, for your reading pleasure.  You Enter a Poem, by Robin Hirsch.

YOU ENTER A POEM . . .

You enter a poem
Just like you enter a room.
You open the door
And what do you see?
A sink, for example,
A bathtub, a toilet
(Does a toilet belong in a poem?)
And you say to yourself, “Aha!
It’s a bathroom.”

The next time you enter
You know it’s a bathroom
And you notice
The towels on the rack
And their color,
The mirror, the tiles, the sofa
(What? There’s a sofa? In the bathroom?)
And you say: “Aha!
It’s that kind of a bathroom.”

The third time you enter
You realize
One of the towels is frayed
There are streaks on the mirror
And the person who did the grouting
Messed up in that corner.
You open the drawers and the cabinets.
You empty them,
You take an inventory:
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, cotton balls, cleanser,
Toilet paper
(Does toilet paper belong in a poem?)
Not to mention
The child-proof bottles of pills–
Which you know of course how to open–
And you say to yourself: “Aha!
It’s that kind of a
This is how you enter a
I’m beginning to know this
Poem.”

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