Poetry Should Ride the Bus

poetry should hopscotch in a polka dot dress
wheel cartwheels
n hold your hand
when you walk past the yellow crack house

poetry should wear bright red lipstick
n practice kisses in the mirror
for all the fine young men with fades
shootin craps around the corner

poetry should dress in fine plum linen suits
n not be so educated that it don’t stop in
every now n then to sit on the porch
and talk about the comins and goins of the world

poetry should ride the bus
in a fat woman’s Safeway bag
between the greens n chicken wings
to be served with tuesday’s dinner

poetry should drop by a sweet potato pie
ask about the grandchildren
n sit through a whole photo album
on an orange plastic covered lazyboy with no place to go

poetry should sing red revolution love songs
that massage your scalp
and bring hope to your blood
when you think you’re too old to fight

yeah
poetry should whisper electric blue magic
all the years of your life
never forgettin to look you in the soul
every once in a while
n smile

~ Ruth Forman

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. •—Sarah—•
    Oct 08, 2011 @ 22:21:03

    i think this poem is about a family; holding your hand while walking past the crackhouse.

  2. Jose
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 09:09:49

    I think this poem is about what happens on a bus because the poem describes all the stuff that I would think what happens on a public bus. I think that the poet is trying to say is that you can find a poem every where you look. You just have to look hard enough because it says different places you can find a poem can hide. I also agree with sarah that a family member is holding your hand while you walk past a crackhouse.

  3. Lily
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 19:23:38

    i thought that the poem that we read today was good for red ribbon week bacause it talked about drugs and we are trying to.prevent drugs thos week.

  4. Brighton :)
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 19:25:15

    I agree with Lily that the poem today was a good poem for red ribbon week.

  5. Jose
    Oct 09, 2012 @ 21:34:57

    I disagree with lily and Brighton because just because it had on part that said shooting craps around the corner doesn’t mean that just that stanza is about the whole poem.

  6. Olivia L. :D
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 22:12:02

    I think this poem is saying that a poem should be like _____ and I also think its like poetry hides because there naming a lot of things where you could write about poetry like :poetry should ride the bus
    in a fat woman’s Safeway bag
    between the greens n chicken wings
    to be served with tuesday’s dinner

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