The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #731
(Week of 11 July, 2010)

The latest in a series of metapoems, that is, poems about poetry and/or the mechanisms therein.


Metaphor is a means of grasping
The essence of the soul
Not directly but by casting
An actor in a role

It's a capering disfigure of speech
That dances interpretive dance
A hopefully comprehensible piece
Performed while wearing a stranger's pants

Which in turn is a metametaphor
A mythical serpent with tail in teeth
A self-consuming autovore
A greedy recursive feast

And the metametametaphor
Is a most ethereal beast
Abstracted out so absurdly far
That it fails to be useful in the least

Copyright © 2010 by Dave Grossman

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