a poem a day by A.J.Rao

Be alive and be poet

“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.

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