how do you prove your poetic worth?

is it through knowledge
of grammar and proper syntax?


or,


is it housed inside emotive

phrases?


is it through years

of being forced to read

literature that will be of benefit

to your future but; hesitate

to touch any soda pop art

at present?


the truth is there is no answer

because by the time you realise

what your poetic journey —

holds, its weight becomes

a casualty equal to shylock

and his pound of unrequited

flesh — each time you scribe

a piece of you is released

— by the time you are ready

to pass the last morsel

of your soul will be

lost inside of a zephyr

— that will never allow

for it to touch

an earth not ready

to receive a fuelled 

piece of — stardust.  

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