The I Is Not I

You read the “I” in the poem
As the poet’s name.
You are mistaken,
Partially or completely.
Poetry is a memoir
Of the purest fiction.
You read poetry for truth,
Because prose is full of untruth.
In poetry, you hope to find
Things that exist in the
Natural world – like love
And kindness. Poetry is
A beautiful misrepresentation;
You read this somewhere
In a book. You pray
To the nearest god
That this saying is another
One of life’s fictional untruths.

Copyright 2012
A. J. Hayes
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