by Robert Grant
“write a poem” is not on today’s must-do list—
is not “do the dishes”, “mow the lawn”, “pay
bills”, “drop off books at library”, “mail
present to Uncle Steve”, “schedule dentist
appointment”, “call credit union”, “pick up kids”,
“pick up groceries”, “make dinner”, “water
plants and garden”, “take out garbage”,
“load of laundry”, “make school lunches”—
and yet: here I find myself, at my desk, choosing
from this stack of sharpened pencils,
ready and eager to translate musings
into soft grey lines on the page, hopeful
that something beautiful will come
and stem this tide of guilt.
Robert Grant is a poet-screenwriter whose poems have appeared in Mudfish, DASH, Prometheus Dreaming, etc.—as well as on numerous unsolicited postcards to family and friends. Recently, he helped a retired US Air Force colonel write his memoir. He is currently at work on a family drama (screenplay).