O Anna Niemus

What Is A Poem?

Emily D put words into poems
as an infinite forest of oak
is encapsulated in an acorn's

Rita Dove called poetry

Linda McCarriston described
a poem's lightning, 'saying
the unsayable', as she
poured out the pain of
being the victim of incest.

Robert Frost penned that
the sign
of a poem is his mind's

Mary Cowell's words: the lyrics
don't matter. The rhythm
alone lifts us to the stars.

Ogden Nash was funny,

while Shakespeare was
total, spherical

Poems expand our minds.
They tell stories.
Like dreams they the
separate link
.. turn nouns into verbs
and verbs into nouns.

Richard Wilbur
blew the mind apart
with his art

W H Davies
broke our hearts


W. H. Davies' 'I will not sail with sheep'
the Milkweed
stanza of Two Voices
In A Meadow

Submitted: Saturday, June 28, 2008
Edited: Monday, June 30, 2008

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