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Rick Campbell: What I Might Want Today

“I suppose I would like more beauty” 
         Kristen B, (of a poetry manuscript)
 
 
Yes, that and more freedom, love, wisdom,
generosity. More fish when I fish. More
runs for the Pirates, less for the other team,
 
More luck for my friends. More discipline
for me. Perhaps, in its way, more beauty 
would accomplish all of this. Beauty,
 
as in elegance, grace-- there’s a hole 
in daddy’s arm where all the money goes/
Jesus Christ died for nothing I suppose.
 
All of this being, as they say, in the eye
of the beholder. If I lived dedicated 
to the pursuit of beauty what old roads would I walk, 
 
how parallel the roads to truth? Could I get 
there from here, in this little poem? Yes, 
because nothing is given?

Rick Campbell is a poet and essayist living on Alligator Point, Florida. His latest collections of poems are Gunshot, Peacock, Dog. (Madville Publishing, 2018) and Provenance (Blue Horse, 2020).

Copyright © 2020 by Rick Campbell. Included in Vox Populi by permission of the author and Blue Horse Press. 

Rick Campbell

3 comments on “Rick Campbell: What I Might Want Today

  1. Barbara Huntington
    May 18, 2021

    And my reviewer would like fewer deaths?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kim4true
    May 18, 2021

    The Sam Stone reference is the part that got me. Thanks Rick (and Mike for sharing it.)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. maddiemysko
    May 18, 2021

    Thank you. I loved the “Yes” (and its own qualifying question?).

    Liked by 1 person

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