Max Reif

Rookie - 7 Points (1948 / OVER 400 POEMS SERVED! !)

Fishing for Poems


I love to go fishing for poems,
out into the world with no agenda
and follow my nose, walk or drive
or sometimes even dance
to where I can feel
the poems will be biting.

Then all I need to do
is sit there lazy
with a line
tied to my bare foot,

and they come, they come,
eager for the bait
of my unbusied mind,

knowing they are safe,
that I will give them back
more lovely than ever,
pristine
as the day God made them.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Edited: Thursday, February 10, 2011

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  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (4/11/2007 11:52:00 PM)

    You present your poems in such an unvarnished, accessible way Max - which makes them quite delightful. The fishing metaphor is wonderful. I recall a book called the Tao of Pooh in which the author (whose name escapes me) explains his process of writing like this. I just let the book write itself and keep up as best as I can. Perhaps your fishing with an 'unbusied mind' is something like this. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara very irritated with PH injustice (4/5/2007 1:46:00 AM)

    Yes! That's my strategy, or non-strategy, of selecting reading material too. Then again there's selection by name, knowing that their pieces are GOING to be top notch. Guess who falls into that cateogory. :) Love the relaxed tone of this.. a serene and erudite piece. t x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Linda Ori (4/3/2007 5:02:00 PM)

    The 'unbusied mind' - the perfect breeding place for poetic inspiration. That state of hyper-awareness - not quite in or out of touch with reality, where all things are possible. You have turned a light-hearted little offering into a real piece of brilliance. Which only goes to show that those with pure talent can make a masterpiece out of something as simple as fishing!
    Linda (Report) Reply

  • Rookie A fomer PH member Not part of the Clique (4/3/2007 3:08:00 PM)

    Agree with Amanda there. Looks like you've been fishing today: -)
    Clair x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Amanda Lukas (4/3/2007 2:39:00 PM)

    I especially like the third stanza. (Report) Reply

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