“Keep awake – alive – New.
Perform the paradox of being hard and yet soft.
Survive without calcification of the tender membranes.
Be a poet. Be alive.”
—Tennessee Williams, from Notebooks (1942)
Let desire run as the streetcar
But be alive, be poet and alive
And live as one via a dead poet.
Poet bodies keep alive desires
Of poets ,both dead and alive,
In paradox both soft and hard.
They have to keep membranes
From a calcification or go soft
And go powdery to drop away.
You be poet and you be alive
Let dead poets keep you alive
Before a calcification sets in.