Sonny Rainshine


Apology For Poetry

Poem by Sonny Rainshine

Some say that people
who like poetry
live in a rarefied world
populated with pretty words
and impractical thoughts
and naivete.

Yet, who among us
have to be told that a great deal
of life is drudgery and routine,
that there are bills to be paid,
that there are people who
do not wish us well.

People who love poems
know that a simple arrangement
of words will not re-arrange the world;
that ideals are sometimes
never achieved
and that simply putting
suffering into words
will not abolish it.

We poetry-lovers
do not need to be reminded
that the world is not always
turtle-doves and red roses,
but the sublime
and the magnificent
are also just as real
as the mundane.


Comments about Apology For Poetry by Sonny Rainshine

  • Abha Sharma (4/27/2008 12:59:00 AM)

    so like Sidney another Apology...but a very good one...as Matthew Arnold says...poetry is criticism of life...with its fine substance and sublime style.....so poets are more sensitive...well composed, liked it too much.(Report)Reply

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  • Val Morehouse (10/15/2007 11:08:00 PM)

    Will, thank you for your kind comments about my poems. I just had to read this one you wrote. Yes. Why is it do you think that when events are too hard, too sad, too momentous, and all other words fail...the world and the TV turns to poetry. I have seen it happen so many times. Everyone on poemhunter who is serious, knows exactly why. Try my poem NIGHT LIBRARY for your amusement.

    Val(Report)Reply

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  • Chris Mendros (5/18/2007 9:26:00 AM)

    'It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.'
    -Wm. Carlos Williams, from 'Asphodel, That Greeny Flower'(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas Thomas (6/30/2006 11:53:00 AM)

    Very true, and well said!
    I'm looking forward to reading some more of your insight...
    Thom(Report)Reply

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  • Duncan Wyllie (6/4/2006 12:42:00 PM)

    And you have submited this so well, we can look forward with brighter eyes,
    Love Duncan x(Report)Reply

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  • john tiong chunghoojohn tiong chunghoo (6/4/2006 11:16:00 AM)

    sonny, a great piece of work, a ten from john(Report)Reply

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  • Anjana Aravind (6/1/2006 3:16:00 AM)

    'We poetry-lovers
    do not need to be reminded
    that the world is not always
    turtle-doves and red roses,
    but we do submit
    that it can be. '

    So true... So very much true....
    Anjana(Report)Reply

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  • Ismael Texidor (5/22/2006 11:29:00 AM)

    Yes, I love the thought this poem evoked, We all know we dont need to be reminded...Thank you [inspiration](Report)Reply

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (5/22/2006 10:43:00 AM)

    Good. Very good. (Don't you just hate that word?) .(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 22, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 18, 2010


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