Poet Dances with Inanimate Object
BY CORNELIUS EADY
for Jim Schley
The umbrella, in this case;
Earlier, the stool, the
Wooden pillars that hold up
This guy, you realize,
Will dance with anything—
—He likes the idea.
Then he picks up some lady’s discarded sandals,
Holds them next to his head like sea shells,
his body states,
Is safe from the dance of ideas!
This poem is a great example of an object poem, not because it is in the title, but because of how the poet dances between many types of objects. Despite the multitude of objects in the poem they all relate to the characters childlike demeanor.