Poem 20150303

why not give everything a title
novels have them, after all
and most songs
some composers’ works are catalogued
by number
obtuse systems of organization
that only a librarian
or a programmer could love
how about these small collections of words
you drive onto the screen
like a shepherd running sheep
why not stamp something at the top
of the page
declare what it is before you make everyone
dive in
and swim through the words
so we know if we’ll be swimming in a lake
or a pool
or a latrine

hold your breath
and jump in, i say