line breaks

I awoke unable to remember
how or why we write poems

or make these line breaks

alerting us to another way
of reading and seeing

now I remember

rainwater collecting in buckets
shone like something holy

[first posted 17 Jan 2015]

in so many words

consider the geography of your utterance
its highlands – valleys – plateaus
its backways tracks and roads
then you will have traveled a good way in a day
and know where the line-breaks go

I was taught poetry by a map-maker
a walker
a man of the lakes and fells

this is what he tried to tell me
in so many words