A Little Encouragement

by Mark Chmiel

Dear Bella Levenshteyn
You texted you were concerned
Your poetry output hasn’t been consistent lately

Output flows from input
And you’re getting plenty of input
At your new position with the farmworkers, right?

Lots of thoughts via Ileana
Re: what’s been happening in Chiapas
Input, input, input

If you read two short poems a week
By William Shakespeare and Wisława Szymborska
That’s input

Walking up and down your street
Autumn awesomeness galore
Input again

Don’t forget you’ve had more writing output this calendar year
Than in the previous three
Verdad?

It’s been a great year for output
It’s a great week for input
Because input and output

Always
Inter-
Are

–from work-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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