I would compose a letter that might or could
ought to contain everything,
yet there is that piece of the human condition
prevents everyone from being perhaps
Stephen King, or Charles Bukowski, even Sylvia Plath.
Emily Dickinson is said to have lived a reclusive life
in her bedroom overlooking a lawn where children played,
and yet, she only wondered, imagined,
wrote about all of the confusion she felt
while remaining locked inside her own mania.
And in a rather beautiful sense of nature,
living a life in New England where poets just seem
a natural part of the soil, was Robert Frost
penning his own recollections of a speaker
living lives with miles to go …
Then along came Langston Hughes,
he wrote about the Black experience,
but without hostility,
at least I didn’t feel it,
when his words did bleed compassion.
I think about writers and the lives they led,
what did finally inspire them to discover
the avenue of their words,
the memory in their lives,
created this need to express some pain.
Yet beauty too would be Maya Angelou in her Grace
with every ballad focused upon loving
one another, each other, the human race,
the pure humanity
exists in love.
So while I try to write a letter
wrap my head around my state of mind,
I weep a humility toward those that come before
the courage to speak their ‘wisdom’
rather than suppress the raw nature of identity.
We all have letters we would like to write one day,
heal the soul, allow eyes to open, hearts explode with love.
© Thom Amundsen 5/2020