Brian Purdy

Rookie - 0 Points (28.09.48 / Belleville, Ontario)

A Poem Is - Poem by Brian Purdy

A poem is admission
Of confusion
And being what it is
Excites derision;

Yet those who mock
Will see their words forgotten
While poems alter worlds
And swallow oceans

A poem may be hard
Or it may soften
Such blows as while alive
We meet too often

A poem is a voyage
Of discovery
On which we risk all chance
Of full recovery;

A poem is no display
Of erudition
No learned text that stinks
Of dead tradition

A poem is a brave
And human gesture
Dressed in mage's clothes
But still a jester;

Dispensing with the proverb
And the précis
Prefers its porridge plain
And nothing fancy

On days so blue
They might as well be grey
A poem's what we try
When we can't pray.


Comments about A Poem Is by Brian Purdy

  • Bronze Star - 2,769 Points Paul Brookes (12/17/2013 2:37:00 AM)

    Enjoyed reading this so well expressed. A line of a poem may express what a book may take volumes to explore Nice write BB : O)) (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,906 Points Khairul Ahsan (11/24/2013 3:14:00 AM)

    You have magnificently defined poem from different dimensions, and drawn the conclusion so brilliantly:
    'A poem's what we try
    When we can't pray.'
    Bravo! Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,796 Points Wahab Abdul (5/20/2013 7:30:00 PM)

    wow good.. you have nice mind to delve deep.. bravo.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,939 Points Soulful Heart (12/27/2012 12:16:00 AM)

    defined in simple words that touch the core............................. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Shashikant Nishant Sharma '? ? ? ? ? ' (5/18/2012 10:02:00 AM)

    Well expressed...a nice poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 484 Points Adeline Foster (5/4/2012 3:40:00 PM)

    Found this one intriguing. I too have one similar. Read mine – A Poem is a Lovely Room -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 613 Points Sara Fielder (5/3/2012 9:35:00 AM)

    The last line especially grabbed me. Enjoyed reading this! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,691 Points Valerie Dohren (5/2/2012 1:49:00 PM)

    Wonderful well expressed exposition of poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,966 Points Smoky Hoss (5/2/2012 9:47:00 AM)

    Oh yes, I really do like this one. Says so much, and rings so true. Outstanding! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points C. Cruz (5/2/2012 9:21:00 AM)

    This is very moving Brian. I do like your lines, ... poems alter worlds And swallow oceans. This country speak is of hallowed ground indeed. Sterling write! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 1, 2012


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