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  • Writer's pictureandrew jeter

Just a Simple Man

Updated: Apr 28, 2019

(from the NaPoWriMo prompt: write a poem that engages with another art form – it might be about a friend of yours who paints or sculpts, your high school struggles with learning to play the French horn, or a wonderful painting, film, or piece of music you’ve experienced – anything is in bounds here, so long as it uses the poem to express something  about another form of art.)

I practiced the kazoo for a month

before someone told me

I had to hum,

but only stuck with the piano

for a week before falling over

black and white scales

and I painted four portraits

of my dogs that my husband

called modern primitive.

I twisted some copper pipes

into a tomato cage that

falls apart each spring

and once, a long time ago,

I asked my mother to teach me

to knit, but my fingers are too large

and in the end, I think I am

just a simple man, not an

artist nor art’s boon.

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