Ode to John

Dorothy DiRienzi

What else is a poet for
except to cultivate barren fields
of mind
soak the thirst-mad earth
so words can worm
through layers of life,
fertilizing truths
that will last
like the beauty of a Grecian urn
or a deftly scribed poem.


Dorothy DiRienzi has published in numerous literary journals in print and online. She worked as a manuscript editor and indexer of medical and nursing textbooks in Philadelphia for 30 years and then as editor/publisher of policy manuals for Arizona State University for 15 years. She lives in Phoenix with her son, Cesare, and her dog.