I should write something
I really should
I should take this blank page
and cover it
in virtual ink
in meaning and translation
and abandonment
I should make you laugh
or cry
or rejoice
in the absurdity
of what we take
for normality
I should provide
calm haven
for illogical
Tell you it’ll be all right
that there’s nothing
on the emperor
No man
behind the curtain

I should
I know I should

I should ignore
the shoulds
that shout at me
from history
from folk who have no right
to stake a claim
to any decision
nor direction taken
I should learn to say no
to shoulds
thrown at me
from sidelines
that’s what I should do

[In response to the prompt: “should” from Jeri]