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De Waal Venter

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Servants of the word masses

Poets are just the servants of the word masses

The poet looks back

at his early work

and shudders at its naiveté.

.

He looks at the body paintings

of Yves Klein,

and thinks that

that can be done only once.

.

The poet looks back

at his early work

and shudders at its imperfect innocence.

.

He looks at the fossilised skull

of an early hominid,

and thinks how Edison’s

clumsy apparatus

evolved into the smartphone.

.

The poet looks back

at his early work

and wonders whether he should hide it.

.

He looks at the poem

marching out of his pen,

and wonders who is in control;

is it he or the word masses?

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