Mike Finley

Rookie (July 4,1950 / Flint, Michigan)

A Prayer For Poets - Poem by Mike Finley

Let a thing be what we say it is,
if a donkey is eating corn
let the donkey not be an allegory
nor the corn a corn byproduct.

Let us not despise readers
for not 'getting us'
when we did nothing to let them in,
and everything to keep them out.

Let every offering be a gift,
first from you and then from us.
Let 'Let this serve you well'
be both credo and apologia.

Do not let us fall down
the well of our awareness.
Neither let us feel special
Just because we hear music.

Lead us not into obscurity,
and deliver us from brilliance.
For thine is the poem
forever amen.


Comments about A Prayer For Poets by Mike Finley

  • Freshman - 950 Points Joe Breunig (10/21/2011 8:14:00 AM)

    An enjoyable piece; loved the message; unfortunately, not everyone will understand the heart of a poet; nice job.

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

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  • Rookie Terrance Woolridge (12/3/2007 9:51:00 AM)

    Nice (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Red Blooded Black Hearted (5/8/2006 6:14:00 PM)

    10/10 for me Mike, this is a fantastic poem I hope 2 read more like it.
    Never give up writing,
    yours sincerely, Marissa: -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ***** ********* (4/30/2006 12:40:00 PM)

    This poem is brilliant and humbling and so funny Mike. Thanks so much. A fav for me. 10 from grinning Tai (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anna Russell (4/29/2006 12:10:00 PM)

    this is just perfect!
    Anna xxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joyce Chelmo (4/27/2006 11:15:00 AM)

    Thanks I needed that Mike. *grin (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Brian Dorn (4/27/2006 9:36:00 AM)

    Mike, may your prayer be answered... awesome write! !
    Brian (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Esther Leclerc (4/27/2006 9:25:00 AM)

    A call to all that is good. Beautiful thoughts are the first step... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Darbyshire (4/27/2006 9:07:00 AM)

    Good man Mike, well written, good good good, Dave (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 27, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, July 25, 2008

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