Never Trust a Poet

Never trust a poet to keep your secrets.

They read between the lines

and weave together fragments

creating a story quilt

that can fan flames but also smother them.

Never trust a poet to be discrete.

It’s not in their nature.

They are like parasites

sucking molocules of life

to survive and making them their own

making them into a song

they are compelled to sing.

Never trust a poet not to kiss and tell

telling is all they know

they paint portraits and landscapes

with their bodies, their mouths.

Never trust a poet

even if that poet is you.