Friday, April 23, 2010
What is a poem not?
I like to read and write poetry, but I know a LOT of people that just throw up their hands at the very word---POEM. At our writer's workshop this week, we talked about poetry, what it is and what it's not which must have inspired me enough to write the following poem. I hope it'll help some of you, who find poetry nauseating, to see that it can be fun!
WHAT IS A POEM NOT?
A poem is not a how-to manual
A poem is not an artificial stance
nor a convoluted puzzle to decipher
A poem is not a rhyme
although it might like to rhyme
A poem is not a recipe guaranteed to delight
A poem is not fraught with ulterior motives
A poem is not mysteriously profound
And those are some things poems are NOT
A poem IS a collage of words
bumped up against one another
some simple words--some absurd
Most words are ones most have heard
A poem is made like a child's bouquet
of random thoughts one's observed
A poem is just what a poem IS
Oh my gosh--this might be one!