Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you

But know that 
I don’t have to say it
because you
are already in touch
with nothing.

Since it seems that
nothing is the message
in almost every poem

—the deep, silent, full nothing
that is at the basis of everything—

You are not my audience
(what can I tell you?)

It’s for others
who think they
can’t write a poem
but can read
and be reminded
of nothing, in the middle
of a busy day,

and in that silence,
smile.

-For Bill Graeser

Author: Paul Stokstad

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