war(n)ing labels

poets should come
with
warning labels
skull and crossbones
printed on
their pretty
little tongues
danger!
in all caps
(you’ll have
to imagine that)
a list of
possible effects
may cause:

prose
odes
insufferable longing
madlypassionatelove
desire
dreams
hopes

and most importantly:

once you’ve become
a poet’s words
how do you ever
want to be
anything else?

no,
poets shouldn’t be
allowed to mingle
nor consort
with anyone
without a strict
warning label
inked across
their pretty
little tongues.

because,
once you’ve tasted
one
nothing else
will ever do.

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