THE POETRY WARS

 Ken Norris

Either I'm right or I'm wrong.



And there's no changing my position.



I've stood for what I stand for
these thirty-plus years.



It's a long war, and the victories
are incremental.



The men of action
would get it done
in a quarter of the time.



But Time counts for everything here,
in the way it interprets
our every choice.



We weren't fighting
who we thought we were fighting.
We were only fighting
our own bad tendencies.

And it's taken us a while to defeat them.