Poets Are People

teach your children
that poets are people
multifaceted; carved from bone and jade
some filigree, some scrimshaws
a paua shell heavy with rainbows.
that we have thoughts
beyond the base words
and underneath them, gold words
hidden below our tongues
not ready for our own epochs;
waiting patiently for the futures
where you will tell your children
that poets were ideas,
men, women,
realities. revolutions.

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