What the Poet Wants to Know Is…


Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/o2ny13xudfx2inj/what%20the%20poet%20wants%20to%20know%20is.mp3?dl=0


What the Poet Wants to Know Is…

What a morbid fascination we have in our culture with one another’s mistakes, learning experiences and missteps in life!

We glorify these in listings which are aired on multiple sites gleefully consulted for the same kind of entertainment we get out of “action” movies, disaster footage, carefully choreographed “wrestling,” and cop dramas.

Wrongful accusations are listed right along with just ones ~ and, to find out which is which, one doesn’t consult the face listing but its back pages (on the sites on which those are even available).

The face listing portrays only culpability ~ genuine or fictional, it makes no difference. Only the accusations ~ anonymous, maliciously motivated or just completely fictional as each may individually be.

And it’s understood that they pile up on one another, each based on the one before, right?

“The Fall” is a byword in our society ~ though we do tend to forget that rather readily when dealing with any individual actually caught in it, we enjoy it along with all our other disasters, digitized and streaming for our viewing convenience at a very low rate (offer good today only)!

So, here’s what the poet wants to know:

Where’s our public listing of the good things people have done with their lives?

How come there isn’t a front page somewhere which says, “This person spent ten years nursing a sick relative who wasn’t even nice to them while they did it”?

Why is it we’re not having to dig in the back listings to find out that “Well, it was actually only nine and a half years, and part of the problem was Tourette’s”?

Does it seem to anyone else here that with our persistent and exclusive focus on negativity we’re creating a self perpetuating tautology of disaster?…

Jus’ askin’.


Among us, poets are ill paid. In order to continue her work, this one currently lives in her minivan, on an income of a fraction of our nation’s poverty level. If her work has moved, enabled or uplifted you, your contribution to this effort may be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/kx4xka-are-you-a-patron-of-the-arts


Published by Ana Daksina

Read worldwide half a million times, Ana Daksina is a Troubador of the coming age.

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