Appeal to the Ranger Rescue Squad

Is poetry a whipping-up

of something special, a

pulled voice

or a kind of trance?

I’ve never known what

a poem is.

My favorites sound like

nothing so much as

someone saying something


But that can’t be

enough for a poem.

The worst are about

poetry itself.

Maybe those’re

not even poems.

Maybe they’re just

a baffled boy

seeking a trail.