Raj Arumugam

warning: irony and others ahead

dearest readers online
be forewarned
when you read a poem
there may be irony ahead
and if you don’t look out
yes, it can be like you’ve
run against an iron pole
smack bang against the forehead
(which may not matter if you’re Ironhead â€"
but if you’re anything like me
flesh and blood and heart â€"
Ouch! It can more than hurt!)

be forewarned also
when you read a poem
it can be like
driving in a school zone
when the kids are going home â€"
so watch out:
irony may be walking with persona
and the literal with metaphor
and maybe a figurative pig round the corner
and sarcasm hand in hand
with opposite-of-what’s-being-said

3< br>so do drive alert
eyes open, mind open
when in Poetry Land
O most intelligent reader
for you never know
in the thoroughfare of poetry
who you might
just bump into:
Mr Alternative;
Mr So-in-your-face;
Ms I-Want-to-Talk-About-God-Yet-Again;
Vicar There’s-No-Bloody-God;
Mr and Mrs Moralist;
Mr Hey-Let’s-Have-Sex-While-at-Poetry;
and so on, you know â€"
It can be like being Alice in Wonderland
with the Mad Hatter
but you got to keep your sanity
for company

yep, stay alert
or you might just crash your Reading

An Afterthought

and I know
wise reader
all the above might make me sound
like Mr-know-all
but hey â€" modesty’s never been
the poet’s professional trait
(you must think about that â€"
cos even the poet devoted entirely
to Subjects Divine and Holy
and of Such Lofty Things
and exuding sweet humility
is bloody arrogant -
cos they do implicitly or explicitly claim
they know what really matters
while you or I don’t)

Submitted: Thursday, February 09, 2012

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  • Ace Of Black Hearts (2/9/2012 10:36:00 PM)

    Indeed they are so many types of poets, and of the poets I would not say anyone is more important then the other. For the readers each have their desired tastes. So they're most certainly should beware upon open the page. Cause dangers do lurk, some quite perverse while others seem to insult either the heart or mind. The poet didn't write it for specifically in mind. But instead just to describe his feelings at the time. Whether be with his eyes in sight, his nose in smell, his fingers in touch, his ear in sound, and some would his mind with emotions. Great Poem Cheers! ! ! (Report) Reply

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