What is Poetry?

What is Poetry?

Intangible made visible
drawn in by purple hyacinths
and graveyards and running shoes
and white shirts with coffee stains

What makes up a life
in any dot in the world
walking under the same thirsty sun
beating over dripping brow
souls sweating an existence,
flowers amidst chaff?

Dip in rushing waters
walk on spinning land
touch pockets of sky
find the page

Bud and petal furl to die;
crisp fallen dead-heads
of summer emeralds sparkling
in the fire
or left on the ground
remembered in a song of smoke

and days of a life, a woman
of clay walking on earth,
and of the becoming,
and what of you,
and the world

Poetry is
the kisses of mankind on paper


I offer this to T.S Poetry Press in consideration of the question this month: “What is Poetry?” Delightful to read all of the contributions and quotes at the T.S. Poetry Press facebook page. I wrote the above poem, offered to d’Verse Poetry just yesterday in consideration of the same question, and with some helpful critique, edited it a bit to post again today. Thanks for reading. 🙂
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3 Responses to What is Poetry?

  1. llbarkat says:

    I especially like the purple hyacinths. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. poets rally says:

    amazing one,

    welcome sharing one piece of your poetry with poets rally today.
    best wishes!

  3. love your blog,

    come join our poetry picnic week 9 today,
    first time participants can share 1 to 3 random poems.

    Old poems or poems unrelated to our theme are welcome.

    Hope to see you in.


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