Dan Shin — A Poet Died Today

A Poet Died Today

A poet died today
He was an old poet and
said many things about many things
in his life
eloquently
subtlely
profoundly
Yes it is true he left behind a large family
of miners and hunters
and heavy drinkers
But he bequeathed to the land
his footsteps
and a string of endless words
on many things
like the river of time
that drowns everyone
eventually
the aching fingers of age
quiet chords of the winds
the lightning in his eyes
He personally inspired me to look up towards the big sky
and made me feel so commonplace that
I hated myself
A poet died today
but over his lifetime
birthed twenty thousand new