Why do you write sad poems?
Defensive answer: I don’t ONLY write sad poems. Did you see the one about how happiness comes hopping? Or the one about saying gross things at the dinner table? Funny stuff. Seriously funny. Not sad. Not sad at all.
Self-conscious answer: Oh, no. That didn’t make YOU sad, did it? I’m so sorry. It’s just that. . . no, seriously, I’m really really sorry.
Have had a lot of years to think about it answer: It makes me feel better. Seriously.
In a swirl of nothing
of in between.
What mood is this?
Left out? Just tired?
of stifled screams.
Writing a poem is a way to tuck sad feelings in, kiss them on the forehead, and turn the klieg lights out on them.