Treasure Island

Raj Arumugam

on poetry

poetry can be
like a sky filled with wrangling clouds
or as a sky without a wisp

in poetry there are no
clichés in thought and phrase;
and what is left there is
the resplendent and the living

poetry leaves one
rich inside
and ordinary outside

the fool defines poetry
and poetry defies all definitions

poetry entertains, inspires;
poetry tickles, distracts, and shapes and frees -
but its true intent, no one knows

many lines, and countless lines
many pages, and thick volumes
don’t make poetry

if one had no coins
one cannot buy bread;
but not all the world’s wealth
can bring you poetry

Oh no!
Not another love poem!
Oh no!
Not another poem about oneself!

rhyme, technique and meter
and tricks of prosody
don’t make poetry: passion does

Submitted: Thursday, January 08, 2009

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  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (6/15/2009 9:07:00 AM)

    poetry can be
    like a sky filled with wrangling clouds... cannot beexpress ed inwords. it is deep feeling and thoughtful expression.... good write (Report) Reply

  • Salu Salu (1/8/2009 4:27:00 AM)

    well said, it's a spectrum in each wavelengh you watch magic....
    rgrds & thnks for sharing/salu (Report) Reply

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