Americans believe that

What you do

Is more important

Than who you

Are when I’m

Asked what I

Do I simply

Say that I’m

A poet playwright

But what do

You do I

Reply this way

I love and

Then I fail

At loving and

Then I ache

Then I purge

Spewing this heartbreak

Into poems and

Through the mouths

Of characters in

The hopes that

I can either

Prevent or remind

That loving and

Heartbreak are universal

And not personal

Yes he says

But what do

You really do

Some dogs are

Simply not going

To roll over

No matter how

Often that you

Wave your hand