Nobody is just a poet
even the really good poets
who are just poets.
Poets who favor the first person can be narcissistic.
Poets who write in the third person may have multiple personalities.
Sooner or later, everyone gets mental whether they write poems or not.
Poets who are parents of infants sound optimistic.
Poets with teenagers learn to stop making declarative statements.
Poets who get caught with teenagers are degenerate bastards.
Girl poets have better tattoos in better places.
Some guy poets have colorful tattoos
but only from a distance.
Never show someone your poems
on the first date.
Poets who proclaim their love
using only poetry are spineless.
Never tell your girlfriend’s parents
that you’re a poet, it sounds too much
like a shoe-maker or a barrel-maker.
Poets who break up with someone
using poems are pathetic.
Partners of poets who break up
because of their poems are literary critics.
Villanelles are beautiful but technically hard.
Assonance is illegal is some southern states,
but it’s fairly common in Europe and
readily available in Amsterdam.
Some rock lyrics are poetry, but
some rock lyrics are poetic crap.
Jazz and poetry are soulmates joined at the genitals.
Many poets used to drink Absynthe
but it got expensive and rare.
Now it’s making a comeback.
Some poets are blessedly sober
and for many, we like them better that way.
Anyone can be a poet.
Not everyone can be a poet.
~ J. D. Mackenzie
(inspired by Jill Crammond Wickham's NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 25, Scraps)