The liquor’s gone,
Nothing to do but
sweep up the hall.
Everything’s been written
on every conceivable subject;
poets are hunkering down
hoping for a drought.
Letters are littering the pathways.
Words are going for a dime a dozen.
It is useless bemoaning
the state of the art.
No one comes to poetry readings,
so what’s the use of all this writing?
It’s not as if you will wake one day
and be famous.
Still, the sound of silver sentences
keep ringing even if you don’t write
them down. Listen! the bell is still
tolling in your belfry.
EVELYN KANDEL is the current Nassau County Poet Laureate. The author of four published books of poetry, her work appears in numerous anthologies and journals. She teaches adult poetry classes in Great Neck Cumberland School, LIU’s Hutton House and Glen Cove Public Library (now on-line).