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When They Exhume My Poems

When I die
I give the Pulitzer Board 
Permission
To exhume my lyrics

And some overweight ME
Will put my verses on a slab
Going thru my stanzas for tone
looking for assonance and 
Consonance in my bones

As my family waits around to see
If i really was a great poet

And they will probe my lines 
for cadence
Meter and Trochee
Taking notes
As they dissect
My poetry

They will say I was anemic 
On my tercets
And many of my quatrains were forced
As they search for the source

One of the examiners 
will write on his tablet
That I never wrote 
A Sestina or villanelle

They will note, He was good.
But his books didn't really sell.

The NAACP will close that he didn’t
Represent the Black community 
Like King or Rosa Parks
Leaving my legacy a question mark

And no one will be specifically sure
If I advanced the Black Race

Leaving the matter a Cold Case


My kids will ask
But what does all this mean?
Was he really a great poet?
 Was he as good as Frost or Hughes
The examiner will stare confused


The autopsy will be intrusive
And they will say: 

REPORT INCONCLUSIVE!!


Copyright © Michael Ellis | Year Posted 2021

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Date: 6/8/2021 10:52:00 PM

Thanks for sharing this... with your poetic wisdom and style. God bless you.
Date: 5/3/2021 1:49:00 PM

Nice piece Michael, rather unusual I admit but all the more interesting to feast our eyes upon. I liked this as it has fine imagery and insightful thought throughout. Take care, Gordon

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