Know Thyself
—a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

Know Thyself

Had to walk the earth
Ten years longer than Jesus
To learn one basic fact
About myself –

Even after all these years
Of this and that
Breaking up on the
Rocks of day-to-day
Reality like
Pirate ships
Captained by the blind

I’d still,
Sick or Well,
Rather eat pussy
Than chicken noodle soup.

Dennis P. Wilken is a veteran journalist and former writer for Cincinnati Magazine. Most recently his poetry has appeared in Word Riot, Madswirl and his editorials in Pacific Publishing publications.  His last chapbook, Sweat Off the Diamond, was published in 2009. He lives in Seattle, Washington where he is a Contributing Editor at Commonline.