(for Chuck Bowie)
“But what is that stick-like thing
between notebooks and mouse?”
“That stick-thing by my mouse,
as you so elegantly phrase it,
is my Mont Blanc fountain pen.
It’s also a metaphor app.
You stick the blunt end in your ear
to wind up your brain,
then you carefully clean
the tip on a piece of paper.
If it leaves suitable marks,
you read them like Runes
and use them to create metaphors.
You can also use it to conduct music
or to take a thin, blue line for a walk.
It’s very useful for poets who don’t like
staring at computer screens, and with one
they rarely suffer from writer’s block.”