A Belle on Writing

A proper belle
does not dismiss as pathological
the voices
within

Rather,
she calls out their names,
and bids them join her
in tea.

She plies them with juleps.

Once acknowledged,
gracious ghosts
of imagination
gift in kind
with whispers of secrets
and scandals
translated to the tongue
of story.

–Gentry Lee Burke (who doesn’t massacre poetry often for a reason, but I think this one worked.)

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