poem #49

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Dora said that poetry is only a symptom
of a deep hurt and a lonely soul
and urged me, to the best of my ability,
to show kindness toward poets
and offer them mostly understanding
in my manner and behavior.
She conceded that kindness
with a firm understanding of boundaries
and personal limitations is a good way
to treat everyone, poet or not.
Dora thought it might have something to do
with bottle feeding babies 
being the initial act of rejection 
experienced by a heart seeking sustenance.
She has no theories or thoughts about musicians
especially jazz musicians and the harmonious
discords of the lifestyle in concert
with the ancient Giver of Delight,
but Dora concedes that most lyricists
are about the same as a poet
and if you offer one 
a morning-after orange juice 
usually they will ask
for vodka to accompany it.
– Kenneth P. Gurney
Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his beloved Dianne.  He emcees the Adobe Walls open mic at Page One Books and is the founding editor or the Adobe Walls anthology of New Mexico poets.  His latest collection of poems is Curvature of a Fluid Spine.  To learn more visit  http://www.kpgurney.me/Poet/Welcome.html
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