These Words Matter

When I tell people that I want to be a poet,
They smirk,
Or nod,
Or wish me luck,
As though I’ll need it,
As though it is not a legitimate career choice.
I know then – they do not understand.

I am a scientist.
I measure words as they measure sulfuric acid –
Very.
Carefully.

I am a doctor.
Healing psyches with the imagery I prescribe,
As it is just another medicine,
Plus it is inexhaustible and free.

I am a teacher.
I don’t preach rounding to three decimal places,
Or spiel on the importance of extended metaphors.
I contemplate life, and the implications of choosing to live it.

I am a lawyer.
I question the righteousness of human consciousness,
Struggle against truth and ease.
I try to find these truths so that they can win out.

I am an astronomer.
I search for a meaning in the stars,
Scour them for some grander evidence of a god,
Some greater matter amongst the stardust.
I’m unconcerned with the pictures they’re supposed to display.

I am a magician.
With a wave of my pen,
I conjure depravity, agony, ecstasy.
I believe in the power of these words,
Despite the knowledge that they are
Just an illusion.

When I tell people that I want to be a poet,
They shift their weight from foot to foot,
Or purse their lips,
Or roll their eyes.
As I see my next goal coming over the horizon.
I will move them, somehow, prove to them,
These words matter.





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MumblingMelanie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

You have genuine talent. This is beautiful. And I can tell you already are a poet. :)

Thank you for your lovely words.

 
LB1021 said...
Jun. 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm
I can definately relate to this poem. Whenever I tell people I want to be an author they look at me like they'll hope I'll come up with a more reasonable aspiration someday. Well said!
 
CreativeWriter86 said...
Jun. 14, 2012 at 8:09 am
I absolutley LOVE this poem! It's amazing what you can do with words. A true masterpiece.
 
increaseyourpace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:52 am
Aw this absolutely made my day! Thank you so much! (:
 
AriShine This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm
I LOVE this poem. I have a couple friends who also like to write, but I don't think I've met anyone who really gets this. Word have beauty, power, and something else that is, well, beyond words. I can tell that you really know how to use words. Thank you for this great poem!
 
increaseyourpace This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:51 am
Thank you so much! That's what I love most about this site, getting to come together with other people who *get* it!
 
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