Poem: Creativity: A Poet’s Boss?

By Dr. Archan Mehta

Poem: Creativity: A Poet’s Boss?

A creative person

Has no boss:

After all, creativity

Itself is the boss,

The process is the boss:

To create something

Out of nothing,

Is the true joy of life.


Bosses become irrelevant:

Bosses feel like strangers,

Who are ultimately compelled

To resign and are soon forgotten.

After all, bosses are mediocre

And cannot issue marching orders;

Cannot force a poet to perform

Menial, mundane and trivial tasks.

A poet is not like

The masses: the poet

Is an ethereal being,

Who has a long and

Intimate conversation

With his muse in odd

Venues and at ungodly hours:

A poet has a date with destiny.

A poet creates spontaneously

And cannot be confined to

The four walls of a room,

Whether a prison cell,

Or an office space or a classroom.

Poetry needs room to breathe

Freely, after all, in the open

Air and wild jungle in

The lap of Mother Nature.

A work of art cannot

Be commanded into

Being by an army

General or Warlord.

An autocrat and dictator

Of a Failed State or Banana Republic

Cannot bark at a poet

Like a wild, prairie dog,

Expecting a genius

To submit to his wishes

Like a slave to his master.

Mercifully, the masses realize

Their mistake, bow to reason, 

Push, shove and protest,

And, finally, the boss falls into

An empty void of obscurity,

Which leads to oblivion.

A poet is a sensitive soul,

Who ignores those who

Disturb the peace, create noise,

Call attention to themselves,

And demonstrate loutish

And boorish behavior in

Public places and polite society.

A poet, creative soul,

Reports to nobody else

Save for his muse;

An inner and silent knowing,

Which nudges the poet

On to a hidden pursuit

Leading to the emancipation

Of our human race.


Dr. Archan Mehta has earned a PhD. in Management. Currently, Dr. Mehta is a Freelance Writer and Consultant based in India. Over the years, Dr. Mehta’s creative work has been featured in numerous publications in India, U.K., USA, South Africa and the Middle East. In his free time, Dr. Mehta likes to stroll in the outdoors, party with close friends, listen to music and stay on top of current events. Dr. Mehta is also fond of meditation. Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Mehta at