Poetry Porch: Poetry


At the End
by Robert K. Johnson

After the final day’s dogged effort
devises the last line of your poem

you slowly review all your days’ choices
of words, and learn that the poem’s magic

lies not in any of its phrases
but in the disappearancewhen?

how?of the original idea
that, years ago, prompted your first line.

Copyright © 2002 by Robert K. Johnson