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A Single Crane - Poem by Martin A. Ramos

The apprentice went to see his master.
Utensils in hand, the master sat under
The bough of a tree laden with cherry blossoms.
Master, you’re writing I see.
Shoulders hunched, the writer nodded.
Master, why do you write? the apprentice asked.

I write because for every cloudy day
There is the promise of rain.
I write because the wind buffets my face
And the salt spray stings it.
I write because the child who scrapes
Her knee needs comforting.

Ah, so you are inspired. Silvery eyebrows
Raised, the master looked at the other.
Very observant, young apprentice, he said.
After a pause, the apprentice said:
Is there another reason? One you haven’t mentioned?
I have never often pondered it, the master replied.

Surely it is important to know.
No doubt, the master said.
Do you write for fame? the apprentice asked.
Fame is ephemeral. It only comes to those
Who have the courage to work and wait.
Do you write for riches then?

The master pointed to himself. Look at this shell.
My robe is tattered and my sandals worn.
I write because if I didn’t, my life would seem empty.
Empty? Asked the apprentice. How?
Like a gourd out of which
All the water has been poured.

Surely this is metaphor, observed the apprentice.
Is it? The master asked. Writing is the stuff of metaphor.
As for the poet, so too for the writer of prose.
The Way is empty, yet never refills with use.
The apprentice shook his head. I am lost
Do not be, said the master. I write

So as to better discover the way.
Which way is that, master? The true way?
The way to myself. If that is the true way.
To be good at my craft, to enlighten, to entertain.
Then you write to please, observed the apprentice.
To please myself, yes, was the master’s reply.

And others? The audience perhaps?
Others, too, said the master. In essence,
I write because I love what I do.
There was silence. Scattering cherry blossoms
And loose leaves, the wind suddenly gusted.
Is it enough? The apprentice said,

To love what you do?
It is a start, is it not? The master waited.
Soon he said: Young apprentice?
Yes, master?
Your inquisitiveness is commendable,
But the question you should be posing is …

Not why I write but why YOU write.
Oh? A pause, then:
Master, won’t you please come in?
The sun has faded and it’s getting cold.
Even the wind has picked up considerably.
The master sighed. He said:

See in the distance?
a single crane has disappeared
into a foggy bank.


Comments about A Single Crane by Martin A. Ramos

  • Rookie Darrell Rohling (1/30/2006 1:30:00 PM)

    Martin, very nice work, here; not only well-constructed as a story but elegant in your choice of words, to say nothing of its inspiration for me to keep writing! Thanks for submitting, I'll read more of your stuff...

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Poems About Metaphor

  1. 1. A Single Crane , Martin A. Ramos
  2. 2. Disclaimer , Glen Martin Fitch
  3. 3. The Ornate , Q. R. Gibson
  4. 4. Sometimes Poetry's More Similar To Polit.. , Heidi K. Haskell
  5. 5. You , Sakhile 85TEN25 Koaho
  6. 6. When I'Ll Die , Masa MbathaOpasha
  7. 7. Found Poem: Malamud On Metaphor , Monty Gilmer
  8. 8. Death , Haley cox
  9. 9. Love Is A Lullaby , Haley cox
  10. 10. Preconcious , barbara hilal
  11. 11. A Psalm For Today , James Tipp
  12. 12. Snakes And Mr. Baines , Curtisj Johnson
  13. 13. Metaphors , Kyungdae Min
  14. 14. Making Of A Poem , Jay P Narain
  15. 15. And As In Alice , Mary Jo Bang
  16. 16. You Won'T Believe Me. , Alison Rosalie
  17. 17. Inside Me , Abraham Sutzkever
  18. 18. My Zone , Ana Sanchez
  19. 19. Carry On Larkin/G , David Rudd Mitchell
  20. 20. Wires , Ndrek Gjini
  21. 21. Keep Love , Tevin Gilbert
  22. 22. Written Rap #1 , Aziz Akrish
  23. 23. The One , Julius Meierhofer
  24. 24. Foggy Incestuous Placation , dan hightower
  25. 25. Armenian Pearl , Scott Stanley Davis
  26. 26. Thick Curtain , Don Nguyen
  27. 27. I Wrote This During A Test , Albert Witz
  28. 28. Dreams , Boumaaza Fatima
  29. 29. Poetic Warrior , Sam Edison
  30. 30. Goofy Music Poem , Josh Brabender
  31. 31. Sonnet 3 , Anthony Parker
  32. 32. An Open Book , John Hubschman
  33. 33. Metaphor , Barbara Elizabeth Mercer
  34. 34. My Soul Hears , moon batchelder
  35. 35. Great Globs , moon batchelder
  36. 36. Some Poetry For Me , fleur the tulip sniper
  37. 37. Being Metaphor , Mary Angela Nangini
  38. 38. John Wednesday's Fatal Flaw , paul bamberger
  39. 39. The Heart Before The Probe , William Brendan McPhillips
  40. 40. Forbidden 6 , Prathibha Nandakumar
  41. 41. Divorced , Byron Headrick
  42. 42. Censored By Prudence , Ananta Madhavan
  43. 43. Alliterations M-O , Lento Maez
  44. 44. History Has Frozen Over , Fatos Arapi
  45. 45. Selected Imagery Based On Physical Gesture , Terese Svoboda
  46. 46. The Broken Hearted , Scott J. Shepard
  47. 47. Ba: Cxii: 'Loosening The 'Un' , douglas scotney
  48. 48. Signs Of The Craft , DarkShaya Naiyamoto
  49. 49. Transit , BONGOKOBIDA ZAKARIA
  50. 50. Ranting , Raven Ozera
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