Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

No Mandatory Rhymes Or Reason - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

Homer to
Chaucer to
Whitman to
Bukowski et al. to
Me to

A poem is where I find it,
Not just what was written
In a different time.

Pieces of a poem are everywhere.
Pick them up, pull them together, write them down
And they call you a poet.

Ignore the pieces you see in person, read or hear;
You've wasted your sight and hearing
And they don't call you at all.

Comments about No Mandatory Rhymes Or Reason by Tom J. Mariani

  • (11/6/2007 9:48:00 AM)

    I am an old fashioned formalist although I can appreciate a well written piece of free form The troubles they are as rare as hens teeth (Report)Reply

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  • (11/6/2007 7:32:00 AM)

    I like the way this poem flows and kind of comes together as a unit. And it does seem true that 'a poem is where [we] find it.' Sometimes we find 'em in the great masters, in tightly structured crafting, sometimes we find them in a Charles Schultz 'Peanuts' comic strip. Poetry is everywhere you look. Good work. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, April 22, 2011

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