the poem ought to log the reader
like a tree through the mill, quartered,
slabbed, planked and trimmed,
planed smooth, stamped corporately,
stacked squarely, boards to be carted off
and nailed to houses to fall down
into piles of pieces here and there.
the poem ought not to log the reader
like a murdered tree but to free the reader
already free, not needy of poetry,
like a bird who's already free
who cannot be freed.