Context and Perspective
A subject’s bound to its object to derive
the meaning of their verbs. The poet’s bound
to readers likewise; nor am I alive,
but dead as unread verse, until I’m found.
Likewise are lovers to those whom they love.
Their verbs – that is, the tactics they deploy –
may be poetic (invoking the above –
moons, stars, etc.), crude, or even coy:
but we are bound as poets are. Forgive
us our infractions, then. They only mean
to whet the verse, our verbs. So. Have you seen
me, read, reacted? If you have, I live
again; if not, then I am of Obliv-
ion. But – what – you’re here? Aha – you have!