No matter what other advice the writing sages offer, they always offer this one piece: If you want to write a lot of good writing, you need to read a lot of good writing. And so it is. One person’s take on the events of their life is often the spur to see your own life experience differently — or even at all.
Poetry is useless to me,
a silent GPS for a blind man,
a tire tool in a canoe.
Then I open my Billy Collins,
read a couple of poems,
and suddenly poetry is
water to a man dying of thirst;
a breeze for a becalmed sailor;
salt and pepper for an unseasoned steak.
I am a poetic foot.
I am trochaic.