how to feed a writer

tempt the tongue with husky whispers the ears

barely hear but the belly remembers

place marinated steaks on the embers

disregard his impatience ignore tears

borrowed from the protagonist page eight

serve first for thirst the chilled and peppered booze

and let her stand beneath blue dragonflies

as soft winds blow lindens and day grows late

feed a writer everything delicious

nothing as bitter as novels to finish

old poems to varnish memoirs to banish

what they curse and scribe be it auspicious

or doomed or blamed on their big busy heads

will all be but words when they lie in their beds