A Poem

By Nicole Bates Instagram: @nicolebates_

“Truth is like poetry and most people fucking hate poetry.”

The Big Short


Poetry is shit.

What’s the point of Poetry anyways?

Is Poetry saving lives?

Is Poetry ending climate change

And giving education to all?


But, wait, “what is this?” you ask.

“What is this you’re writing?”

“Is this not a Poem?”

Fuck, no!

This, is not a Poem.


You won’t catch me wasting my time with a Poem.

Like I said, who needs a Poem?

When I’m sick, I don’t go to the Poet to cure me.

There’s nothing a Poem has ever done for me.

No one really likes Poetry.


People pretend to like Poetry.

That’s all.

People like to seem “cultured” and “refined,”

And what better way to be “cultured” and “refined”

Than talking about Poems.


I will not stand for all that pansy Poem crap.

Poem, poem, poem,

Say it a few times, it starts to sound crazy.

It’s just a bunch of crazy Poets, writing crazy Poems

For crazy people to talk about meanings that aren’t there.


No, a Poem is never going to solve your problems.

So, stop trying to carve them apart to find the “heart”

This isn’t Thanksgiving dinner.

Those Poets, they’re fooling you.

It’s all one big joke, and you’re the ass.


You want to know the truth?

All those people talking about Poems,

Writing about Poems,

They’re bullshitting you.

They don’t understand it, and neither do you.


You’re still reading?

You kept reading this far?

Well, looks like I got you.

You fucking hate Poems?

Then why did you read to the end of this one?



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