Elizabeth E George

Poet of the Week: Daniel DeRosa

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2012 at 4:53 am

THE CREATOR

(a slam poem by the late Daniel DeRosa)

 

IN THE BEGINNING THERE IS PAPER AND IT IS BLANK

 

I SAY: LET THERE BE WORDS

AND THEY ARE POETIC

I SAY: LET THERE BE CONCEPTUAL INTERPRETATION

AND IT IS DEEP

 

I SAY: LET THERE BE LINES THAT DEFY CONVENTION AND REINVEN-

TION OF WRITTEN LANGUAGE TO ACCOMMODATE MY VIEW

AND THE LINES ARE GOOD

 

I SEND SEVEN PLAGUES OF KNOWLEDGE TO ETCH THE PAGE

WITH METAPHOR AND SIMILE OF ME

I WRITE LIFE INTO LINES DURING CREATION

I STEAL RIB FROM MYSELF AND SHARPEN THE END TO WRITE

MONSTERS, MADMEN, MAGICIANS AND MIGHTY YOUNG JOES OF

THOUGHTS

I BREAK THEIR CHAINS AND RUN INTO THE STREET

I WRITE DREAMS TO BE DEVOURED LIKE DESIRE FILLED WITH WISHES

FOR FLAVOR

I WRITE CUPS OF DIRT THAT TURN INTO GOLD IN THE HOLD OF IDEAS

I DOWNPOUR PRECIPITATION PATTERN ON PAGES PREDICATED ON

REACHING INTO THE IMAGINATION

I DRAW RESPECT WITH WORDS

I HERD PIECES OF CHAOS INTO THE DOT OVER MY EYES THAT I USE TO

LOOK INTO MY OWN FEARS

 

MY PEN SETS BUSHES ON FIRE

I THROW STONE TABLETS OF MY COMMANDMENTS AT THE PAGE

1) THOU WORDS SHOULD BE TRUE TO MY FEELINGS AS I WRITE.

DEALING WORDS LIKE POKER CARDS IN POEM FORM

THREE-OF-A-KIND BEATS A PAIR

BUT A FULL HOUSE OF METAPHOR OVER RHYMING LINES LOSES

TO FOUR-OF-A-KIND

WHEN HEART AND MIND AND LINES COMBINE

TRUE TO ME AND WHAT YOU SEE ON MY PAGE

 

2) ADD THOUGHTS TO WORLD-VIEW TO SHARE MIND INSIDE

WITH OCCASIONAL RHYME BECAUSE LYRICAL LANGUAGE ISN’T CON-

FINED BY RHYMING HANDCUFF COUPLETS

AND POETRY CAN BE SIMPLE AND COMPLEX LIKE THE CONCEPT OF

TOMORROW BEING THE YESTERDAY OF A DAY YOU AND I HAVE NOT

EVEN DREAMED ABOUT YET.

 

3) FIND THE INSPIRATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE.

SEEK THE LYRIC IN THE TICKING OF A CLOCK RECORD THE ACCIDENTAL

IMPROMPTU ALLITERATION OF PEOPLE UNAWARE THEY ARE WRITING

POEMS IN THE INSIDE OF YOUR MIND STEAL FROM THE GIANTS THAT

HAVE WALKED THIS PATH BEFORE YOU BUT MAKE CERTAIN WHEN DOING

SO TO DISGUISE THEIR WORK IN YOURS SO THAT NAMEDROPPING

DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A XEROX COPY OF A NON-POET’S WORK

 

GO FORTH AND PROSPER IN THOUST WRITING

I WILL WRITE MAPS IN NOUNS AND VERBS

I WILL WRITE TRAPS FOR JUB JUB BIRDS

TO FIND THE PROPER ANTECEDENT FOR A BANDERSNATCH IN FLIGHT

I GO OUT AT NIGHT TO HUNT THE DREADED SNIPE

JUST TO TELL A STORY OF THE GREATEST LOVE EVER KNOWN

I WILL WRITE THINGS DOWN FOR THE SAKE OF WRITING

I WILL CHOKE THE SOUND OF CAR HORNS FROM THE THROAT OF THE

COLOR VERMILION

FIND THE RIGHT DIVISOR TO PROVE THE SQUARE ROOT OF PURPLE TO BE

AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THE FUTURE TO THE BACK OF YESTER-

DAY.

 

THEN,

WHEN THE PAGE IS FULL,

AND NO MORE IMAGERY CAN FIND LIFE IN LINES

NO MORE PEOPLE SCREAMING IN THE LANGUAGE OF CLOUDS

NO MORE LESSONS TO TEACH THROUGH

MANUAL INTERFACE WITH WOOD PULP GLUED TOGETHER IN SHEET

SHAPE NEATNESS.

THEN,

I WILL REST.

JUST LONG ENOUGH TO FIND THE INSPIRATION TO DO IT AGAIN.

 

 

 

 

 

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