doug bentley

Rookie - 254 Points (11/25/51 / Edmonton, Canada)

A Canadian's Poem (1) - Poem by doug bentley

and what, after all,
was so wrong
with simple rhyme

and quaint folk
ballads of love?

have poets often
not been first
burst to spot

shape still forming from ground

dipped diamond-tipped pens
in pools of time

stirring up
currents of insights

that grew, in course
of time to waves?

do we not

solely for handfuls
of loyal listeners

bubblings up wellsprings,

meant merely to delight
and entertain the mind

moving heart to very muscle?

but what have all these labours
by we self-confessed saviours,

the 'unacknowledged legislators
of the world'*

a laugh or two?

maybe even a few
bucks on the side?

a moment's pride?

heart-burst ing

on balance,

about a penny each?

yet still poets
ply trade

as is calling,
pivot points of day-

so what can
such a minute
band of misfits,

forever at odds
with every era

do but
lift up
unheard voices

on behalf of
voiceless humanity?

*Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry; 1821

Topic(s) of this poem: canada, modern

Form: Free Verse

Comments about A Canadian's Poem (1) by doug bentley

  • Moira Cameron (5/12/2016 11:57:00 AM)

    This poem is like a bubbling pot of cool phrases and word combinations. I found myself eagerly reading to hear what combinations appeared on the screen before me. Great fun to read. (Report) Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (10/24/2015 11:10:00 PM)

    I think we ought to drive in the tell it like it is lane, laying out the good, the bad and the ugly for all to see. Fantastic poem..... (Report) Reply

  • (7/28/2014 5:55:00 AM)

    Original look at poetry penned very interesting to read would make the Canadian snow melt... do but lift up
    unheard voices well done Doug I hear you...regards
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  • Captain Cur (5/7/2013 6:53:00 PM)

    We write for ourselves and as such
    we write for humanity.
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  • Valsa George (4/1/2013 12:37:00 AM)

    As poets, I think iIt is our self undertaken task' 'to delight and entertain the mind! Stirring up currents of insights, that grow into waves, dipping diamond tipped pens in pools of time! Beautiful expressions and a beautiful poem! Thanks for your encouraging comment on my poem- Evening Breeze! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 12, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, June 26, 2016

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