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To Some Purpose Fitted

By Shelly J. Norris

To Some Purpose Fitted

Americans. Like breathing, like
sleeping, persistent in locating
the use of things. Quick to note
the utility of black and white
filter to expose a composition
to call a bare tree dead, to assume
two black birds must be pesky crows
must be mates nesting, rather than
two solitary ravens perched apart
in a not yet budded tree.
Like a reporter in April
mining the mind of a poet laureate
for the value of worked words:
What can poetry do for people?
As much as a color photo
that appears to be black and white
of a tree that appears to be dead
supporting two birds
that appear to be crows
against gray sky that might be April.

Article © Shelly J. Norris. All rights reserved.
Published on 2022-03-28
Image(s) are public domain.
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