clinging on to his pen,
at six in the morning,
his usual stint.
He’d run out of anything to write about.
For years, he’d watched the world go by his study,
observing other people’s lives.
All he had to do was fill the page,
lacking in instinct,
without a history,
with no real vision of any particular community.
he knew he was
inscriber of someone else’s paving stones.
An expert on poetry,
with nothing much at all