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This is the poem that writes itself.
Loose, salivated ink, black flowing loops
of spit verse dripping, dropping out,
pulled down by gravid dirt
pushed out by startled wind
released from mincing lips
to flutter
and finally fall
to misspent page below.

A napkin for the lost verse.
Two rhymes wiped thin and smeared
across a hairy hand.

Words without work,
phrase without weight
like last night's pizza sauce
on paper plates left in the sink.

Roll them down your chin.
Lick them from your cheek.
Dabble fingers in the juice
that oozes
comforting and warm,
nap-wet breath
you do not choose to hold.

This is the poem that writes itself.
Repeated lines, grim soldiers hefting gaudy flags
bang hollow drums,
attention. March to masturbated beat.

The words that fall from trees;
the words that rise from dreams;
the words that lead parades;
fear these. Hate them. They are not yours,
they own your air
and leak you out
a squeaking, tepid tire.

Any line that hasn't bled,
any word that isn't clamped
any poem that doesn't hurt
needs salt
rubbed in its gash.

This is the poem that writes itself.


I blog irregularly at TinkerX. I'm also on Twitter. @andyhavens, go figure.

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The following comments are for "Needs salt"
by andyhavens

Very nice!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: May 28, 2010 )

You Salty Dog

I haven't been here in ages and the first thing I found I wanted to read was this. I freaking love this, with a love that shall not speak it's name. Good poetry hurts and you have inspired me to embrace the pain again. Hopefully my attempt will be half as good as the salty words that lit the fire.


( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: June 3, 2010 )

Puzzle - keywords, SALT
Oh thank you for having such a title - Some cryptic puzzles have that as an answer. Your poem does read like such a puzzle that offers so many clues. You wrote in so many of my favorite keywords! And it is powerful, with verbs!

( Posted by: VickieSALT [Member] On: May 4, 2011 )

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