Those that say writing is for those avoiding life, have never seen the way my pen dances across it's stage. They've never seen the way words can wrap themselves about you, settle in your bones, nap in your empty places, guarding your secrets. They don't know how it feels to squirm under the relevance of a poet's transcending prophecies. They don't know the subconscious way we bite our lips when e.e. cummings whispers oceantides. Or how we sigh, starry-eyed when T.S. Eliot feeds our fantasies with dreams of places and things we can't find in our backyards. They can't possibly understand the relief of understanding, when Sylvia Plath eviscerates herself into our thirsty mouths, spilling her soul onto skinsoft pages. Maybe, then poets are not so alive after all, human sacrifices to their own mortal experience.