Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to Recognize a Poet at Work

A secretary at work once stopped me outside my office. “People are worried about you,” she said

“Me?” I asked. “Why?”

“You’re walking the hallways, mumbling to yourself. People are noticing.”

I stared for a moment, and then I understood.

“I’m writing a speech,” I said. “It’s a restless activity for me. I have to walk and mouth the words as I go. I have to hear them. The words have to sound right.”

She nodded, relieved, if still a little worried.

I was amused, and then I wondered, do people think I’m weird?

In a word, yes.

You can always recognize the poet at work.

Few of them actually wander the hallways, mumbling to themselves. Poets aren’t quirte that odd. Usually.

But you can tell who they are, even if they don’t write or read poetry.

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

Cartoon by Frits Ahlefeldt via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.


Maureen said...

I like the double meaning of "at work".

Glynn said...

I thought about that. And I thought about changing it, to make it more specific, and then decided I liked the double meaning.

David Rupert said...

that's what we do in this corporate communication world -- mumble to ourselves!

Anonymous said...

A fan here, newly smitten by your books (and hoping you'll write number 3!), and I just wanted to say that I think your posts on poetry have helped nudge me past the once-in-5-years level of my poetizing. I'm bemused to say that I just wrote a poem about soup!