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Playing Around at Jules' Playhouse
poem by Megan Baldrige
At Jules' Poetry Playhouse
Jules and Poe are playing Pied Piper
to plucky and pusillanimous poets
who are playing
around with words.
Here at the Playhouse,
poets make a play for the right word.
Sometimes the words
play hard to get,
but they stay in play,
playing the parts of ingenues
and veterans in playful poetry.
Playing hooky from ordinary use,
playing off each other.
Words are kept in play,
they play nice, not nice
for momentary pleasure,
or they play for keeps
and we play along.
At play in the fields of this Playhouse,
don't you roll over and play dead
we're playing with poetry
we're not playing at poetry.
We're playing for all it's worth
playing the words up
playing around with them
playing down the humdrum,
bringing all of our voices into play,
and we're in La Burque
so we don't need to worry
if it will play in Peoria.
Megan Baldrige is the author of several books of poetry published by Jules' Poetry Playhouse Publications.