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gajanan mishra

(3rd April 19sixty / Tikapali, Patnagarh, Balangir, Odisha, India now at Tapobana, Titilagarh, Odisha, India)

A good poet


A good poet.
Who is a good poet?
Is good poet sinless?
Who is sinless?
And what is a sin?
Who is free from
Obtuseness, inactivity
Heedlessness and delusion?

And what is a poem?
What is it like?
Who is writing poems?
Is poem in love?
And what is love
In this world of passions
Attachment, aversion.

Is poet happy?
Ask the poet and
The answer you received
Is not his
Hearing the answer
Are you in tranquility.
A good poet
A good poet.

Submitted: Friday, June 07, 2013
Edited: Friday, June 07, 2013

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good poet, rare to find.

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  • Soumita Sarkar (6/18/2014 12:03:00 AM)

    See these lines are soooo terse and sharp till it reaches the heart.....Thanks...the way questions are raised...........it really surprises the reader. (Report) Reply

  • Devorah Gerber (5/8/2014 4:43:00 PM)

    Very nice poem. I like the last stanza especially. It makes me think that poets aren't just spouting poetry, the poetry is merely using the poet as a vessel through which to pour forth. (Report) Reply

  • Anand Brown (4/25/2014 2:25:00 AM)

    Evocative poem about the distortions in reasoning we face daily. Reminds me of a poem by Levertov entitled What were they like. Keep writing with seamless brilliance! (Report) Reply

  • Tanya Gupta (2/14/2014 10:55:00 AM)

    its true that poets are the deep thinkers, who can make things to create a boundless illusion, which is very rare to find.describing a poet is very hard but your words have done the pob. very well tried.come to my page to read me as well....... (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Kennedy (1/14/2014 3:46:00 AM)

    Very good poem. It catches, why we write & why we read poetry. It focuses on the moment of recognition; like Michelangelo creation: finger of god & man. a moment of life. Very good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Joe Breunig (10/15/2013 2:31:00 PM)

    An intriguing piece; loved the concept of this poem, but not its execution; some people believe that poets must be miserable souls in order to express themselves - I however, am not one of them!

    -Joe Breunig,
    Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory (Report) Reply

  • Aasiq the poet (9/8/2013 7:09:00 AM)

    a good poet repeated twice at the end reinforces his visualisation and it shows the poet's clarity of vision. thanks mr mishra for bychancing this master piece. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (8/12/2013 10:38:00 PM)

    Inquisitive thoughts, a careful study of poetry can add information and improve the art, as in music and painting, poetry needs diligent study, practice, and continued creation for it to be perfected. Then it produces a good poet an example is David Lewis Paget (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Adams (7/26/2013 12:11:00 PM)

    You have an interesting manner in this poem. I can answer each question but there is no need. I can visualize the questions, each one and that seems to be the important roll of the reader, to continue asking the questions. Touche' my friend. I am moved. (Report) Reply

  • Hn Pande (7/14/2013 1:37:00 AM)

    a particular alignment of words which deluges the reader with a emotion is a poem,
    and a poet is a one who arts it. (Report) Reply

  • Norazah Norddin (6/28/2013 5:02:00 AM)

    Nice. A good poet for me is someone who could touch his readers' hearts and maybe can take them to a place where there's nobody else but them by just reading his poems. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (6/21/2013 6:02:00 AM)

    We as Poets try to write about the things that
    may touch, inspire, uplift, enrich or maybe just
    take the reader to higher heights. Whatever the
    reason is poets have a common bond that transcends
    across cultures, races, religions and national origins.
    Poems are written on thousands of subjects so that there
    would sure to be something that would appeal to someones liking.
    They can be elaborated upon, provoke deep thoughts, deciphered or
    just for plain old enjoyment. Whatever the reason only the reader will
    be able to make that determination. A thoughtful write. I invite you to read
    Poetry Motion. Enjoyed this write Mishra (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar (6/16/2013 7:26:00 AM)

    profession of a poet is humanity.........every time he may not be happy.........KEEP WRITING. (Report) Reply

  • Amrane Nadia (6/13/2013 1:54:00 PM)

    Great, afterward a good poet is a givted person not a one who pretend to be. He doesn't make effort or think to write just by nature (Report) Reply

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