Choose a daunting, esoteric form.
Fidget. Grunt. Hedge.
Instead: an easy form.
Consult the Dictionary. Dream.
Exercise the fingers in freewriting. Find
Ghosts hovering in jetties off Key Largo,
Land mines nestled in opalescent pools of
Quick raven sand///
Reason says, "Quick raven sand?"
Prosody parries, "A simile: the sand as
Slippery as ... as Death's black bird." ///:: Ah,
The true topic uncovered:
The ultimate unknown, the vastest winter:
X (a kiss? A choice? A cross?)—
Yes, youngling, your zazen's accomplished.
This poem was
written as a concluding piece for a series of poems on poetic forms and
tchniques—a series that is not yet complete, so the advice offered
here is intended for myself as well as others. The alphabet?—one
of my favorite forms.