St. Albans School
one day you become
a poet. your words
in the Podunk Review.
the editor, two strangers,
your mother know the gestalt
of your failed loves. witnesses
to an obscure crime
that is its own punishment.
your carrier pigeon poem
clutches the old question:
do the words on
the bathroom stall prove
the truths you knew about yourself?
or does truth, now and always,
your stomach knows
poet is more description
than job. you can’t live on it.
you write for others. you
live to write. you live so others
can watch you. that title
general practitioner of dreams
on the door. if everyone sleeps
easy, you starve,
you butcher your pigeons.
get stuck in your throat
This piece was previously published in Sam's school literary magazine.
Taking words away from a writer is akin to suctioning the oxygen that surrounds a fire. Both
need a special kind of fuel to survive, grow, and shine. Sam Rhee illustrates this principle of
sustenance beautifully through their emphasis on poetry as a gateway to fundamental truths,
emotional expression, and human connection.
Sam Rhee is a senior at St. Albans School in Washington, DC.
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