To Question a Corpse

I cannot call a poem, it calls me
It comes, I never go to it

Some days working alone
one will muscle in and say
let’s scope this out
—it’ll pry at essentials and tug
lifting the lid on the casket of the past
to question a corpse
think happenstance—
a thing coincidentally side-lit
glancing off bone or the sound of a song
falling from a window to the street
as I walk by
a brush with a miracle might do  
and a poem will come as when alyssum
looks so perfect in July
there’s no such thing as inspiration
other than to inhale whatever comes
and exhale the words the poem leaves
as it vanishes in a clear sky
by Jim Culleny,
January 1, 2009

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