A poem should  be allowed
to say something;
good ones often have.
 
It isn’t by necessity
a fakir’s cabalistic drone  
to mesmerize a co-ed or a cobra.
 
And although permitted to shimmer,
if it does be, it should be
what the poet meant it to mean;
 
And  if it is to be a globed fruit,
then  —mute or not —it should remain
palpable,
 
not convertible into invisible clothes
for self-centered nudes.

(2003)

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