the ink writes the poet.
Headlines write the politics.
Sentences write the prisoners.
Textbooks write the memory,

lessons ignore everyone.
Grades make the student.
Students learn the teacher.

Jobs work the employee.
Streets drive the car.
TVs watch every household.
Religions rely on the fanatic.

Prices buy the customer.
Drugs do the poor.
Lines wait out the people.

Oil burns until
it runs us out,
airplanes fly themselves.

Dogs walk the owner.
Workers run the country.
Bicycles push the leg.
Forests make the rain.
Chocolates savor the tongue.
The sex makes the lover.
The baby births a mother.
The poet becomes a child.

Words write the poet,
poem writes the ink,
and poem makes the stage
seem small.


—Logan Phillips



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