Repressed Paradoxes


I.
Every textbook anthology
begins by defining the essence
of poetry; rhyme, meter, stories
written in verses, saying one thing
and creating something sacred.
Then we read a succession of
heretics and witches
trying to outdo the scandal previous
heretics and witches
made.

II.
Often those who worship form
receive awards, grants,
teaching positions, and are
called universal and timeless.
But the most beloved are those
who go outdoors, to the streets,
to the mountains. Not satisfied
by being remembered, they instead
join the struggle to steer the direction History
is undertaking.   

III.
Professors and students
debate these matters as if they only emerged yesterday.

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