Daniel Trevelyn Joseph

Rookie (21 December 1945 / Mumbai, India)

Blank Spaces


I cry tears of bitter pain and sorrow:
One says you write prose and claim it is verse,
The other asks, is it only autobiography?
And one more accuses me of just recording
Good observations, nothing poetic whatsoever.

I think of that Quarterly with Keats,
And of Shelley’s passionate defence —
Where is my Adonais? but I should die first!

Separately, my verses, like Basho’s haikus
Undergo more revisions.

Last week on tour in Delhi, I read
Modern Indian poetry, searing lines like
‘Splashes a handful of moonlight over her body’
And had to confess white spaces between my words
Look and sound more poetic than my words.

Submitted: Friday, April 11, 2008
Edited: Monday, June 09, 2008

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Comments about this poem (Blank Spaces by Daniel Trevelyn Joseph )

  • Rookie Vaibhav Shah (4/12/2008 1:23:00 AM)

    Literature is a mirror of Society and personal feelings also.It can not be written in isolation.Whatever we write comes from our heart.So you have no need to bother whether it is a poetry, prose or autobiography.It is a true account of your feelings.It is enough.Moreover, It has become an attribute of modern literature to write a prosaic poem and poetic prose or novel as it is a direct outcome of the complexity of this age.Good work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (4/11/2008 1:47:00 PM)

    Crying tears of pain and frustration as every writer has done
    after critical savaging by the arbiters of taste - the lot of both
    the great and the not so great!

    Cheers and press on, Daniel!

    Regards, Michael (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Abha Sharma (4/11/2008 1:11:00 PM)

    yes I agree with what is said in between the two lines is poetry..as coming from the same clan [Literature] I enjoyed this one... (Report) Reply

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