30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days
A Project for National Poetry Writing Month

Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 20 What I Know

The Knowledge

the hippocampus looks like a seahorse swimming
up to the cerebral cortex

and grows larger in the brains
of taxicab drivers

who, in London, must pass a test
The Knowledge 

which requires proficiency in the order of theatres
on Shaftesbury Avenue

and apprehension of which streets cross 
which avenues where

but does not include training
in childbirth

though children sometimes decide to get
born in backseats

of taxicabs, and giraffe births invariably occur
at first light

though not, to my knowledge
in automobiles.