Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,176 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

Lunch With A Poet - Poem by Lynn W. Petty




I had lunch with a poet, just the other day.
A poet who has written fine and lofty verse,
Conveying his experiences, emotions and his ideas, in
Vivid, imaginative ways, condensed in simple language,
Choosing words for sound and power,
Rather than impressing readers with poetic adulterations.
Almost apologetically, he said he uses 'nickel words'
To write his inner thoughts. It was as if he were at fault,
As though he thought those simple sounds
Had lessened the intent of his poetic worth.
I emphasized how wrong he was, and tried
To make clear, a poet writes in sympathy with his reader,
Overleaping the barriers of understanding by the simplicity
Of his language, and of his words.
To write with words of misty meaning does not make
A mystic.
To write with vulgar words does not lift up the poem
On wings of song, it only floats as high as the poet's
Commonality who, mistaking flatulence for inspiration, becomes
Enmeshed in a literary byproduct of the foulest of excretion and smells.
My friend failed to intellectually understand, but spiritually accepts, as his writings reveal,
That clarity of thought and mind is the poet's highest point
Of the poet's integrity.

Topic(s) of this poem: language

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

To my poet friend John Harrell

Comments about Lunch With A Poet by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (9/27/2017 11:59:00 PM)


    hmmm? adulterations.

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    transitive verb.: to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; especially: to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients.

    i wonder what foreign or inferior substances i've been accused of depositing in MY poems. hmm?

    favorite lines:

    To write with words of misty meaning does not make
    A mystic.

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    in these lines, i'd suggest some tweaking of the punctuation process. [ i love alliterations! ]:

    To write with vulgar words does not lift up the poem
    On wings of song, it only floats as high as the poet's
    Commonality who, mistaking flatulence for inspiration, becomes
    Enmeshed in a literary byproduct of the foulest of excretion and smells.

    i DO think flatulence HAS inspired me at times. and inspired some to leave my vicinity! oh, wait! i just looked up flatulence and MAYBE you did not mean gas. Really, i didn't know the other meaning(s) . REALLY.

    flat·u·lence
    ˈflaCHələns/
    noun
    noun: flatulence

    the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal.
    foods that may cause flatulence
    synonyms: (intestinal) gas, wind; informal farting, tooting;
    formal flatus
    medications that help with flatulence
    pomposity, pompousness, pretension, pretentiousness, grandiloquence, bombast, turgidity
    the flatulence of his latest recordings
    inflated or pretentious speech or writing; pomposity.
    the flatulence characterizing his writings

    BRI :)

    FOR reference, I'LL send to MyPoemList. i, too, would not understand it intellectually; maybe your friend was also thinking of farting?

    bri ;)
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  • (2/1/2016 10:02:00 AM)


    Fantastic poem, Lynn! Your are an inspiration to this poet and many others in life with your very apt portrayal of what poetry is and how it's attained. Really good interpretation of understanding the reality of poetical essence, a high point of a poet's integrity for sure.10+ Love this poem and it's message. Thank you for sharing your views in comments on my poetry, glad you enjoyed it. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 30, 2016


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