Poetry is for the mentally ill
and those with an ailing heart—
It has long been used as a treatment,
a tincture of distilled experience and emotion
But treatment comes with risks:
just as much as it can be succor,
it can be an exascerbator
and the condition may worsen.
But fine poetry is a risk worth taking.
Never fall in love with a poet
Things get too abstract
hard to understand
Things get too meaningful
Things get too rhythmic
You should know what to expect
There may yet be a plot twist
If you try
To read between
I was suckled on the teat of Romantics and brought up by Modernists.