December 7, 2019.

am i a chimney? a cigarette? 

am i still a poet

Am I still a poet when I do not write

Am I still a poet when I taste ash on my tongue

when I feel the fire in the pit of my stomach

but only pay attention to the smoke coming out of my ears


I waste away in the prison that is my mind in months that seem to be years

No, I set myself aside in an ashtray or I start to lose my balance in a weary palm

I contain myself or I burn those that I love

but I can't say the box I was in didn't warn them in the first place; I'll get you in some way, nicotine is a hell of a drug


Am I still a poet when my skin feels like a cold window in a car

when my eyes reflect the rain that travels down them

when my touch feels more like a grasp

when I try to repair broken thoughts, ripped photographs, and obituaries with what I already lack


If I'm not, then what do I become when I don't have the energy

when I don't have the motivation

when I don't have the words inside me

Do I become the shadow of another poet who inspires creation

from the darker days of my life; using their art as my eulogy

Poetry by aidan haskel
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Written on 2019-12-08 at 05:52

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Purple Puddles
Interesting thought progression. I think we've all wondered this at some point

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ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Of course you are a poet. Once a poet always a poet.
Ken D

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
i like this, especially the way you used your last two lines.