Poets Corner: Treasure Hunt


Treasure Hunt

I picked up the dictionary today.

You say:

Where can treasure be found

between pages bound

with words of printed sound?

I say:

The properties of ink

might well wash down the sink

if not like golden fleece

we gather piece by piece

to symbolize a word.

Like treasure underground

the ideas it relates

like Spanish pieces of eight

to spend our thoughts on words

makes you richer.

You say: Absurd

I say:

When your gold is spent you’ll sit back

and repent

then you will relent

and observe

between the pages bound

the book of printed sound

I dug not from the ground

but like a treasure found

they mark my thoughts with sound.

Their value, you might say,

is in the special way

our thoughts are symbols linked

not by gold

but printer’s ink.

And now that treasure’s found,

spend your thoughts.

Lenny Hall is a student and observer of life without formal credentials, who finds inspiration on Martha’s Vineyard.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times welcomes contributions to Poet’s Corner. Dan Waters, former poet laureate of West Tisbury, will select poems to be published here. Submissions should be directed to dan@indianhillpress.com.