The Untried

To my self-help books


Admired, acquired, erected

proudly on the mounted pulpits

by dozens, dressed in crisp jackets

in lustrous succession they wait.

From the acute, unnatural colors

they wear in marketing-fashion

rise bold, italic, embossed promises

to eliminate the chaotic monotony of life.

Their slightly varied platforms,

built on styled rhetoric and

packaged in well preached “how-to”s,

combine to form some wisdom.

Yet a common connotation of change

emanating from their assembly

creates such a visual din,

collector keeps on collecting

afraid of ever approaching. They wait

each with their separate advice

singing the same silent chorus

behind their uncracked spines.


Published in Word Trips 2007

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