H.i Chesebit

I Have Been Eating Poetry

Inspired by:
‘Ink runs from the corners of my mouth
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.'
~Mark Strand, 'Eating Poetry, ' Reasons for Moving,1968

The following piece is dedicated to Marilyn Lott


O wonder of wonder
To eat and not get full
To taste, and smell and
touch the words
always longing for
searching for
hungry for
just one more
divine morsel

I have been drinking
the wine of words
distilled of many muses
vintage beyond the power
my poor palate
Drunk, yet I cannot
drink my fill.

Pour me another glass
set the table with your best
silver, linens, crystal
sparkling!
Blind me with such verse

One thing though
I will request
give me only your very best
Spare me from
stale ideas
poems half-baked
warmed over words
ask yourself
would I offer such
to a starving reader?

Strive to create Haute Cuisine
not fast food
Consider me but
a ravenous reader

I thirst for truth
I hunger for beauty
I starve for a perfect poem
Leftovers just won't do.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Poem Edited: Saturday, July 9, 2011

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Comments about I Have Been Eating Poetry by H.i Chesebit

  • Ken E Hall (4/9/2011 7:15:00 AM)

    Original beauty one in a mill enjoyed from start to finish and in the middle +++++10 regards

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  • Tamara Hanaring A Thought Mate (11/9/2009 8:36:00 AM)

    oh yes I need that...a poem which speak to my starving mind whisper to my soul, , when i read I need to say WOW and that was from a real longing poet.

    One thing though
    I will request
    give me only your very best
    Spare me from
    stale ideas
    poems half-baked
    warmed over words
    ask yourself
    would I offer such
    to a starving reader?

    Strive to create Haute Cuisine
    not fast food
    Consider me but
    a ravenous reader

    I thirst for truth
    I hunger for beauty
    I starve for a perfect poem
    Leftovers just won't do.

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  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (10/31/2009 2:22:00 PM)

    ‘…searching for // hungry for // just one more // divine morsel…’

    Word power is every thing provided right placement is made it is all important and here it is so. Total hypothecation to readers.
    Ten++
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK

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    Checkmate [In Elite 500]
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    niv

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  • David Desantis (4/30/2008 10:18:00 AM)

    awesome man! I feel like this all the time. I can't wait to release something new with something meaningful (or just funny/ironic) to say. You can never get your fill when eating poetry..Your really good, check out my stuff if you get a chance

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  • Raj Nandy (4/26/2008 11:54:00 PM)

    A very inspiring poem, thanks.
    -Raj Nandy

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  • K. V. VenkataramanaK. V. Venkataramana (4/8/2008 5:35:00 AM)

    Nice poem with lofty ideals.

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  • Danforth Merrill (2/8/2008 12:37:00 PM)

    There is something about this poem. It comes across as just an intense love of reading and consuming the words of poets. The writer seems to have a true love of the art.

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  • Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (2/5/2008 1:49:00 PM)

    Glad I read this, enjoyable.

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  • Brian Robbins (1/27/2008 11:03:00 PM)

    Nice write. Thanks , , , ,

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  • Fredi Staire (1/21/2008 2:04:00 PM)

    This poem really hits on some fine points. It makes me think about what I love when reading poetry, that is the joy of finding something really rewarding. Thanks.

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  • James Walbourne (1/15/2008 4:11:00 PM)

    Thank you for a fine feast of words and for quenching for this day, one man's thirst for poetry.

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  • Love Peace (12/28/2007 7:44:00 PM)

    Very fine poem addressing the subject of poetry. Your love of reading is displayed.

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  • Fred Babbin (12/7/2007 11:55:00 AM)

    Good poem, but I guess this is the only way I can get at you. What is PH, and someone used 'LOL'. What is that? Sorry, but I'm living at least two generations back - I've just gotten used to the Beatles in the last few years, and I know nothing about Rock, although my son is deep into it.

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  • Basil Demple (11/21/2007 10:42:00 AM)

    No matter what the back story is, this is very good writing.
    If you produced this on a whim, I wonder what serious effort would reveal.

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  • Theodora Onken (11/21/2007 2:06:00 AM)

    I simply, love love this piece...I do believe, dear Marilyn, has broken the record, since she just started writing in May of this year, i think, , , she has got an astounding amount of poetry out there, if you look!
    Seems like she has done a lot of traveling.
    Best wishes,
    Theo

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  • Aldo Kraas (11/20/2007 6:28:00 PM)

    You are a good poet
    This poem is excelent

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