When the Poets Call Out (Pharaoh’s Estate Sale)

A.

 

Pharaoh’s chariots doused

In a good dose of Red Sea

 

This is the story

Of the possible

When it’s called out

Long past despair

 

It recurs

This dousing

And reoccurs

 

Anytime now

Gets reimagined

 

Just read The Times

Just read the times

The possibilities

 

Off the wheels of

Pharaoh’s spin doctors

 

The imagination loosed

 

 

B.

 

Pharaoh’s strength

Is a prosy power

All in a row

Unimaginative

 

Pharaoh’s power

Is a prosy strength

Of what must be

And can’t be

 

Otherwise

 

 

C.

 

No, now never has

A champion or

A scribe much

 

The instant

Goes begging

 

While pronouncements of future

Prognostications of past

 

Congeal on and on

Stone, stone, stone

 

 

D.

 

This now so tenuous

So fragile this instant

So gossamer it so seldom

Goes noted

Gets called out

 

How all may be

Reimagined

 

E.

 

Pharaoh hears the rush

That the future

Might be different

 

Different from now

If the prose didn’t

 

Keep falling into line

 

To dam possibles

 

Pharaoh knows

And hears water

 

 

F.

 

The future reimagined if

Those poets, those prophets

Got loose on it now

 

The story retold

That the future

Is not inevitable

Is not prose

All arranged

By the powers

 

 

G.

 

Pharaoh’s chariots doused

In a good dose of Red Sea

 

When the poets see now

In its possibles

When the poets call out

What may be

 

Put out the sign

 

Pharaoh’s Estate Sale

Happening

Now

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