barry conway


One By One - Poem by barry conway

ONE BY ONE

THE COMPOSERS EYED EACH OTHER
CRIED EACH OTHER
TO SLEEP
ONE BY ONE
AS SPEWED FORTH EGO
REMOUNTED IN COMPETITION
ASTOUNDED
IN THEIR BANALITY
GLAZED EYES
EYED
ONE BY ONE
GAVE WAY
TO GLAZED EXPRESSIONS
THE UNDERSTANDING
OF THE UNOBTAINABLE
IN THE SPOKEN AND UNSPOKEN WORD
OBTAINED IN VERSE
MUCH WORSE
THAN THEIR
AIRS AND GRACES
FACES
FACED WITH THE UNCERTAINTY
OF BEING WELL RECEIVED
CONCEIVED
OF NECESSITY
BARING FORTH
IN SPUTUM OF SPEECH
IN SHORT
TO LONG
FOR SOME TO LINGER
WITH THE FINGER OF FATE
THAT RELATES
TOO LATE

INDOMITABLE
THOUGH YOU ARE
YOU MUST YIELD
THE FIELD
GIVE WAY
TO THE DAY
FOR THE DAY
CAN NEVER BE YOURS TO ENJOY
THE TRUE MEANING
OF THE COLLECTIVE MASS
GATHERED
AND WEATHERED IN YEARS
TO A PLACE
WHERE DISGRACE
IS ONLY A MOMENT AWAY
IN THE UNDERTAKING OF PERFORMANCE
ONE BY ONE

THE BOLD
AND THE TIMID
FLACCID AND LIMP
PLACID AND PLUMP
FORTHRIGHT AND FRIGHT
TAKE FLIGHT
IN THE FIGHT OF THE FEW
WHERE METAPHORICALLY
WE MEET
AND GREET
EACH OTHERS WORKS
WORKING, OR NOT
IT IS THE JOURNEY
OR THE DESTINATION
THE PROCRASTINATION,
OR THE ENDLESS DRONE
OF AN ENDLESS POEM

BUT
EVERYTHING HAS MERIT
WE SHARE
THE CUP OF CREATIVITY
THE UNIMPORTANT IMPORTANCE
OF THE MOMENT
WHERE ALL GLAZED EYES
VISIT US IN THE ARENA
ONE BY ONE
CONDITIONED BY THE MASTER
CALLED CREATIVITY
THE NECESSITY OF THE NOUN
THE VOLATILITY OF THE VERB
THE WORRY OF THE WORD
THE SENTENCE OF THE SENTENCE

BATTERED AND BRUISED
AGED BY LIFE
RESOLUTE
IN THEIR DETERMINATION
WORRIED
IN THE DELIVERY
OF THEIR DELIVERANCE
STANCE UPON STANCE
TRANCE TO TRANCE
ONE BY ONE

GIVEN FORTH
IN EAGERNESS AND RESERVE
RESERVE MY PLACE
LET ME FACE
MY PEERS
MY YEARS
TO THIS FORUM OF DECORUM
POETIC LICENSE
LET US
DISTASTE
DECIMATE
OR DELIGHT
TO PRONOUNCE
OR REVIEW
THE FALTERING FORM
THE FLOWING FARCE
THAT COURSES AND CHANNELS
YOU'RE PROMPTING OF
THE WORKING OF THE WELL
TO QUENCH OUR THIRST
IN STORY
IN VERSE
OR WORSE
IN SONG


THUS I LAY BEFORE YOU
IMPLORE YOU
FOR YOUR PRAISE
TO LAZE
IN THE WARM DAYS
OF THE MIND
BASKING AND FROLICKING
IN THE CLOUDS OF CONTENTMENT
WHERE THE GLAZE REMOVED
LETS THE LIGHT SHINE THROUGH
FOR TODAY
YOURS IS THE KINGDOM
AND THE GROUP
YOU'RE SUBJECTS
SUBDUED

NOT UNDERSTANDING
IN THE UNDERSTANDING
I SEEK
FOR IN THAT MYSTERY
RESIDES HOPE
RAISES YOU ABOVE
LETS THE SINGULARITY
OF YOU SPIRIT
BE RECOGNIZED
TO THE ONLY
ONE OF THE ONE THAT MATTERS
YOU


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 18, 2017



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