On Poetry

Such careful crafting.
A poem. It demands
Such careful crafting.

Lines must meet at
The very end of lines.
A period. Or a comma,
Or that mysterious
Semicolon; what do
That odd dashes do?

And… those marvelous
Metaphors, those stirring
Similes sitting like lumps
Of gold in streams we search
For on mountain sides we just
Can’t quite reach. Flowing

And flowing through
Enjambed lines that push
Past pictures of pale
Pleasant pulses of all
Alliterative verse. So

Too those times when rhyme
Fits nicely in line

With this poem… this
Design of words that fit

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9 thoughts on “On Poetry

  1. Susan December 16, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    We may design to rhyme and punctuate and decorate with form, but it is the figures just out of reach that will get us every time! Fine poem!


  2. Rall December 17, 2015 / 12:31 am

    Now you have made me feel guilty for never using punctuation. Oh well as Basho said ” Know the rules and then forget them” . Enjoyed your original take on the prompt. Good one !


  3. Sumana Roy December 17, 2015 / 5:40 am

    brick by brick you’ve built it up…”Past pictures of pale / Pleasant pulses of all / Alliterative verse.” my favorite portion….


  4. Jae Rose December 17, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    What a clever poem – i love when substance matches structure and content…what do dashes do – indeed! We jettisoned punctuation…it seemed fairly pointless…


  5. Mary December 17, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    So true! So much work goes into the design of a poem. I can always see this in yours, by the way. Your works are always so well crafted. A design of words is no small thing, and when a poem works it can be a masterpiece. But even the creation of a non-masterpiece (which mine can often be – smiles) can be a joy!


  6. Hannah Gosselin December 17, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Great topic to explore in terms of design. I often struggle with grammatical choices…whether a period, coma, semi colan etc. etc. fits…sometimes it’s just easier not to at all. 🙂


  7. Sherry Blue Sky December 17, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Oh how interesting, applying the prompt to how we design a poem – very cool response!


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