Who Gets to be a Poet?
Asking for a friend
Who gets to be a poet?
Those who really, truly know it?
Is a poet a type of preacher,
Is a preacher a kind of teacher?
What can I learn from a poet
Who’s never been a speaker
Who’s never stood and spoke with courage
Meet friends, face foes,
endure others contradictions.
To withstand life-long evaluations.
What does it even mean to be a poet?
If you have nothing to show it.
If no one reads your poems,
and you’re really, really famous
Then who are you even,