A Very Special Poem

April is National Poetry Month and I have selected “A Very Special Poem” to herald this very special celebration. His is one poet’s view on the nuances of a poem. Michael Anthony Walker is an African American writer and ex-offender who writes with honesty and sincerity about life as he’s seen it inside of prison and in America. He hopes to write a story that will change the whole world’s view of the jail and prison industries. — Fabu

A Very Special Poem

A poem must be awaited,
Not sought after, enjoyed
Not worried about,
written spontaneously,
Not over-worked,

built with enthusiasm
not despair,
created for self,
not neighbors,
filled with music,
not studied cadence—

it makes its own rules
by its own right
whether in pattern or on a new trail

but above all,
A poem must be demanded by itself.

Fabu is Madison's Poet Laureate. Adult poets are invited to submit poems of twenty lines or less to Blkpoetess68@hotmail.com for possible publication in Madison Magazine.

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