Today's poem is by Jo Ann Clark
Manifesto for Tumor and Poem
It must be home-and slowly-grown,
allowed to long linger hearthside
alongside heart, blood, bone,
getting good and warm. Do not be
thrown by the erratic exotic
appearing full-flowered, fully blown,
and doing the trick as well, or better,
from a seed wild-sown.
Extremes are far too easy
be they benignant or malign.
The ideal's a rogue affinity:
the invasive-but-contained one that,
though exiled from natal soilits sole
known source, might just turn up
playing mouth organ for another
throat, breast, lung. Another voice.
Copyright © 2015 Jo Ann Clark All rights reserved
from 1001 Facts of Prehistoric Life
Black Lawrence Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission
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