She Said It Was Like Talking to a Post by James Galvin

When talking to a post
Imagine
That the post hears everything—
Every nuance,
Every innuendo.
You can’t let your mind wander.
Try structuring an argument:
If, but, therefore, or
In the first place, the second place
And so forth.
Talking to a post requires
Absolute attention;
Imagine
That the post is not a post.
The post is Heraclitus,
Hitler, or a fire hydrant.
If that doesn’t work,
Remember
The post was once a pine tree
With greeny needles
That sang in thin wind
High on the snowy slopes
Of the Rocky Mountains.
Talking to a post
Is the hardest thing there is
Because
The post is talking to you
Beyond your understanding.

From: https://www.connotationpress.com/hoppenthaler-s-congeries/2014-07-31-16-08-50/december-2013/2132-james-galvin-poetry

Date: 2013

By: James Galvin (1951- )

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