Mike Barrett

Freshman - 921 Points (June,1943 / Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada)

On Poetry - Poem by Mike Barrett

Are among you,
You who read these poems,
Those who think
Beautiful rhyming words,
Pleasant thoughts -
New combinations
Of strange comparisons.

How utterly wrong
You are!

There is poetry
In a rippling brook,
In a fly's beating wings,
In the dead skin of a snake -
In both time and space
Wherein myriad worlds spin!

Man, himself
Is an infinitely poetic
As are all his thoughts
Feelings, actions
And past history!

To appreciate
These words
As they are herein placed,
As they are now arrayed
Is but the birth
Of the beginning
Of the understanding
Of the meaning
Of the word

© M. Barrett – all rights reserved

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem was written in my mid-20s shortly after having re-read Shelly's essay, 'I Defense of Poetry'. Shelly's words no douibt contributed to the 'oomph' of this poem.

Comments about On Poetry by Mike Barrett

  • Gold Star - 22,433 Points Melvina Germain (10/13/2015 6:50:00 PM)

    Amazing poem, I so agree Mike..... (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 921 Points Mike Barrett (10/14/2015 8:40:00 AM)

    Hi Melvina, Happy that its truth gladdened your heart! Cheers!

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  • Gold Star - 16,777 Points Loke Kok Yee (10/3/2015 10:24:00 AM)

    You are so correct that there is poetry in everything,
    but it needs someone like you with the necessary
    skills to put it together into a poem that is so pleasant
    to read. Thanks (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 921 Points Mike Barrett (10/4/2015 2:11:00 PM)

    Hi Loke Kok,
    It gladdens my heart that these words spoke to your higher self, Soul. For me the key to true poetry does not involve the head but rather the heart. When one lovingly surrenders to the creative spirit, it rewards that soul with a gift of ITs creation. As an Eckist, I do spiritual contemplations and the poems flow through me. I see them simply as gifts. Cheers!

  • Gold Star - 74,319 Points Kelly Kurt (4/6/2015 6:05:00 PM)

    I completely agree, Mike. Hatred, cockroaches pimples and kindness are all but verses of the same poem. (Report) Reply

    Freshman - 921 Points Mike Barrett (4/9/2015 8:27:00 AM)

    Hi Kelly, thanks for your comment......you clearly got the point! Not all do! Cheers!

  • Gold Star - 46,257 Points Valsa George (10/28/2014 1:45:00 AM)

    A poet sees poetry all around! It is not confined to limited images..... Poetry is spread over the entire universe... any object or experience can be turned into poetry! That is why there is no dearth of subjects for poems! What is man other than God's great epic poem? Enjoyed! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,731 Points Valerie Dohren (12/14/2013 1:32:00 PM)

    There is poetry to be found in everything if one will look. Interesting write, food for thought. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sankha Subhra Nayak (9/15/2013 2:40:00 PM)

    Is rember me about the Krishna of Gita... He is every where even in a part of stone... Poetry is every where but you have to choose perfect word and unic feeling for write down it in a script...
    Nice! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 15, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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