Green Hills Literary Lantern



I'm a Poet Even If You Don't Read My Poetry


for Yusef Komunyakaa


Even if you don’t see me

as a poet, I’m able to enter


as many churches as you are.

I know you have a job


that I am more qualified for,

that I’ve traveled north, south,


east, west to dig the ditches

and wash the dishes of God,


but the poems exist even if

I die in some year of mist,


if I fall into some hole of crime,

if I end up hid under the rocks


of nothingness.  I still have this

poem that I wrote; I have these


clothes, this lamp, this pen,

this time, and there is


a possibility my love will fall

into somebody else’s mind.







Ron Riekki's books include UP: a novel, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  His “Carol” was in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012, The First Real Halloween was best sci-fi/fantasy screenplay for the 2014 International Family Film Festival, and "The Family Jewel" was selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for The Best Small Fictions 2015.