I don’t know what didactic means (poem 30)
I read the word somewhere,
somewhere in a crowd of words
on a page
like students crowding in a hallway
some wearing backpacks like semicolons.
But what does it mean?
Is it a type of penguin
waiting in line for its turn
to slide down the glacier and
dive into the water and
swim for fish?
Is it a kind of rock
that you’d find next to a stream
and put in your pocket to bring home
because its color is really neat?
Is it a time in ancient history when
dinosaurs roamed the earth
and roared instead of speaking in sentences?
Is it a type of cloud
that’s puffy and thick,
which I see on bright summer days
and aren’t full of lightning and rain?
On this day that’s free of dinosaurs and penguins,
I sit on a rock and listen to
the stream mumble by,
mumbling all the possibilities of the word