Fred Babbin

Rookie (1925 / Chicago)

Do I Know What I'M Talking About? - Poem by Fred Babbin

As I read poetry,
The good stuff looks
like photographs of words,
Or maybe more like holograms,
where every little piece
is a picture of the thing
the holographer holographed.
And so with words –
So many times, 'more is less'.

Some seem to think,
the more, the merrier,
and forget about imagination.

The brain's a wond'rous instrument,
and it can frighten you, please you,
help you to live, and it might even kill you,
under the right conditions.

We all want more, greater,
especially when less
would be better.

Words can be omitted,
Because what's left will be committed
to showing what the poet intended
provided the poem is well written.

And if readers have some brain
they will fill the empty spaces
Less will be a greater gain,
When 'less is more'
Is the poet's basis

Comments about Do I Know What I'M Talking About? by Fred Babbin

  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (5/29/2008 10:32:00 AM)

    splashes of words
    screaming for
    the talker
    the words
    the talker
    could have
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  • (1/6/2008 8:04:00 PM)

    With all my respect Mr. Babbin, maybe my English was not good, but I know what that meaning of poetry....and i read around poem hunter but i never really find someone who can really writes poetry. Poetry is a language where rhythm in an essential part of communicative act, where words are used in a way similar to music to create an effect on the readers or listener. many poet here dont write poetry but prose.

    and thank you for your comment i do appreciate.....
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  • (12/12/2007 10:11:00 AM)

    From personal experience, it's better to have absolutely no idea whatsoever. And, you put it well. But then I could be talking our of my arse, as per usual. t x (Report) Reply

  • (12/4/2007 7:53:00 AM)

    Amazing you write a Master piece about Master piece poetry, (Report) Reply

  • (12/3/2007 10:21:00 AM)

    Nice work...... from a MASTER!
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  • (12/1/2007 11:47:00 PM)

    Yes Fred you do! Nice write! (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2007 9:14:00 PM)

    Yes . (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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