FOR JEFF CALLAWAY (YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST…) by Thom The WorldPoet

Poet to be held inprisoned

All free birds attract gold cages

And the act of living hides in cells

Ovid was banished – as was Pablo Neruda

Siberia for Anna Ahkamatova

Solneschitenzyne to the Gulag Peninsula

Rimbaud, Verlaine, Celine, William Wantling

Hubert Huncke – convicted drug peddler

Even Ginsberg behind bars for a time

All those political poets of action

Whose living poetry kept them inprisoned

Singing like Palestinians or South Africans

Ululating like Algerians, writing like every emigre’

Or dissident – whose gypsy lives violate olde laws

When what is needed is to change

All non-violent, victimless crimes allowed

No more the rightwing reactionary Puritanism

That outlaws dancing, sex and drugs

More a world of poets – extending line by line by line

Outside AND inside prison cells – watching, waiting, witnessing

As the new world is reborn – in every line of every poem ever written

And every poet alive – inside or outside this world’s too many prisons…

COPYRIGHT © 2005 THOM THE WORLD POET

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