How to write a poem

In response to a prompt for East Valley Poets in Arizona:

Bee in hibiscus

1-3 ways of writing a poem
after Wallace Stevens

A poem comes while walking:
a bird is singing on a wire
and stops when you look up,
so you try to hold the song
fluttering in clasped hands;
back home, you find them empty.

A sudden blossom flares
from a hidden thicket,
outlined in light; inside,
two bees bumble
below the stigma
and you turn away,
embarrassed, to watch a frog.

This is the frog that becomes a poem,
tiny, brown and possibly ugly;
you know from experience it’s cold
and clings, homey and familiar,
a relief from all that beauty.


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