Choose the Voice…Then Write the Poem





Now, what tone should this poem take...
Murmur, hope, exhilaration?
A tone as tough as a battle hymn,
As deadly as a lighted fuse...
Or unsure and rueful,
Intending love, but shy as a sonnet,
A lamentation of lost opportunities...
Or brook-side gentle, teary from beauty,
Willows and breezes and blankets to lie on...
Or maybe a voice of common notice,
As spare as a Hopper on the wall,
That seems alive. but has little pulse...
Or a provocative tone of torso and tease,
Shrewd and savvy and prairie-wide
With room to imagine 
Much more than exists.