A poem's to communicate the past
So people want to hear it, make it last.
The future speaks in lines of poetry --
Interpret all most metaphorically.
And often human truth will bless and curse
Us only in the truest lines of verse.
But no good person would declare a war
In symbols or a complex metaphor.
Five hundred years to understand Shakespeare,
But not to learn he said, "You want a beer?"
Poetic ambiguity is fine,
But not to ask on what I want to dine.
So please don't think I'm being all that brash
When I ask please say just "Take out the trash."