POEM: proximity (poetry & polar bears)

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i am afraid
neither of poets
nor of polar bears

none of this
really has much
to do with fear

most of this
i think instead
is a matter of proximity

i will never be close
enough to a polar bear
to realize that fragility

i am terrified however
of never again being
mauled by poetry

you see i will never walk
across the snow covered ice
trafficked by polar bears

but i long to be
lured over and over
onto the thin ice of a poem

—P.L. Thomas

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P. L. Thomas, Professor of Education Furman University, taught high school English before moving to teacher education. https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/

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Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

P. L. Thomas, Professor of Education Furman University, taught high school English before moving to teacher education. https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/