According to Rauschenberg

According to Rauschenberg

a pair of socks is no less suitable

to make a painting than

wood, nails, turpentine, oil and fabric.


But surely, a pair of socks is less suitable

for poetry. After all, poets can work with

a Grecian urn or poppies in Flanders field.


Socks I know.


smelly teenage boy socks,

sweat soaked training socks,

dress socks the color of our daughter's eyes,

wool hiking socks traversing mountain passes,

nylon socks protecting from Antarctic bitter chill,

socks without mates,

socks that spark and cling


No, socks may not be the stuff of

love and beauty, they may not

speak eloquently of death, but

socks are one layer in my

fully lived life, so I'm lining up with

Rauschenberg on this.


Poetic Asides Prompt: Day 21 (written today, Day 24)

For today's prompt, take the phrase "According to (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Example titles might be: "According to Bob," "According to these instructions," "According to the government," "According to the sun," etc.