Kim Barney

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Poetry Heaven

Poem by Kim Barney

Last night I went to bed at eleven
And dreamed I went to Poetry Heaven.
Keeper of the Gate was not Saint Peter
But Robert Frost - - hey, what could be sweeter?

The first person I saw up there
was sitting in a golden chair.
It was my good friend, Hank Beuning,
And a golden guitar he was tuning.

Hank, I said, I've known you for years.
We've had some laughs, we've had some tears,
And I never knew you played the guitar!
He said, well, I don't, at least not so far,
But I've got lots of time with little to do
So I thought I might try to learn something new.

I walked a little farther in
And saw my new friend Mandolyn...
playing on her... violin.

And there's my friend, Maddalena Biela
with her husband, he's a handsome fella.

Udiah was there with Heather Burns
And they were sitting, taking turns
Writing the words to their new poem,
Their collaborative, classic poem about love
And it went like this:

love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love
love love love love love love love love love love

I marveled at their poem and all the words on it
And said, They've written a LOVELY sonnet!

Then whom should I meet next?
Why, it was James McLain,
Just reading some old text
And he could not refrain
from asking himself:
Is it poetry?

Mr. Spock was there with his pointy ears
But he said he hadn't seen Kirk for years.

Argentine Tango was eating a mango.
She's a person, you know, and not just a dance,
And so pretty you cannot resist just a glance.

Bull Hawking - - I asked him if he was Steven's Cousin
And he assured me that he wasn't.

As I went on, continuing my walk,
I met the Electric Lady, and she gave me quite a shock.

Then there was Valsa George; I spoke to her with ease.
(Does she know her name means 'Waltz' in Portuguese?)

Uzefa Rashida was there dressed in white,
and she certainly was a lovely sight.

There was E Nigma, Ima Ryma and Gajanan,
Deep Dark Soul Poet and RoseAnn,
Sandra and Lawrence and even Noreen
And a whole bunch of others that I had never seen.

I wandered on, enjoying my hike,
And met a young poet named Smith, Mike.

I walked for a few miles, yet my feet didn't even hurt,
then I came face to face with the famous Kelly Kurt!

I encountered a handsome young lad
Who said that his name was Old Dad.
But I knew him by sight.
'Twas Wes Vogler, all right;
And to see him I surely was glad!

I walked a little more,
Then suddenly I was lost,
And there I was again
In front of Robert Frost.

I said, Say, I wonder, can you answer me one thing?
Why haven't I seen Poe or Shakespeare or Browning?
He said, Oh, you won't find them here
In this part of Poetry Heaven.
This is just the Poem Hunter wing!

Then he said I hate to tell you this,
But there's been a big mistake.
It seems that here you don't belong!

... Then I was wide awake.

Topic(s) of this poem: humor

Form: Light Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A light-hearted look at some of the members I have met on Poem Hunter.

31 January 2015
Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil

modified 03 April 2016, again 06 April 2016, again 02 May 2016
W.V. added 15 Feb 2017

Note: On 24 March 2015 this poem was selected as Member Poem of the Day. This was the first of five of my poems to be selected.
Thank You, Poem Hunter!

Another Note: at one time this poem was # 248 on the top 500 poems, but I have deactivated it several times to see which other poems Poem Hunter would put in its place, and the last time I checked, it had dropped completely off the top 500.

Comments about Poetry Heaven by Kim Barney

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (2/27/2020 3:29:00 AM)

    I walked a little more,
    Then suddenly I was lost,
    And there I was again
    In front of Robert Frost.
    ....... really it's great great poem; lovely penned(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas W. Case (2/26/2020 8:47:00 PM)

    very clever and humorus(Report)Reply

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  • Robert M SmithRobert M Smith (2/11/2020 7:43:00 PM)

    What a great poem full of humour. Laugh, no, I cried with delight!(Report)Reply

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  • Matt StarkingMatt Starking (1/30/2020 4:56:00 AM)

    Nicely written, good to read(Report)Reply

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  • Sarah ShahzadSarah Shahzad (12/5/2019 3:36:00 AM)

    Absolutely brilliant a fantastic piece of writing.. please write your thoughts on my two..(Report)Reply

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  • A B Faniki (8/19/2019 11:30:00 PM)

    Intriguing poem well crafted.(Report)Reply

    Kim Barney(8/20/2019 12:19:00 AM)

    A B, thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (8/14/2019 10:57:00 PM)

    very humorous tribute to poem hunter. Very well crafted, with a stark bite at the end.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(8/20/2019 12:18:00 AM)

    Thank you, Thomas. I appreciate your comment.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (7/18/2019 12:32:00 AM)

    It is a great poem giving tribute to Poem Hunter website as well as the Mebers who have made it such a lovely place.It is a heavenly feeling to be connected to poet friends across globe and get to read and inspired by their poems.This particular poem was among the top 500 list and it deserves the high place.Congratulations for penning such wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(8/20/2019 12:18:00 AM)

    Thank you, Bharati. Your comment is very kind and gererous.

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  • Panagiota Romios (6/24/2019 11:30:00 AM)

    Kim, what a great poem, I like your style and lightness of being! My eyes are bothering me, so I was not around much this weekend. And I want to be around more but these eyes
    don't take long to get tired. Be patient with me, please?
    Panagiota Romios..with plenty of poems to enter!
    Be well....(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/24/2019 4:41:00 PM)

    Panagiota,
    thank you so much for your comment. Comments are the only way I know that anybody is reading my poems.

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  • Jane Campion (6/22/2019 10:58:00 PM)

    Your humor is infectious, dear Kim.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/23/2019 1:22:00 AM)

    Thank you, dear Jane, for your comment on this and on WHILE THEY'RE STILL BABIES. I will visit your page soon and read some of yours.

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (3/13/2019 1:59:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem! I sincerely appreciate your sparkling humorous expression! An elegant piece of poetry.....10(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/13/2019 7:46:00 PM)

    Thank you, Dillip. A very kind comment!

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (3/12/2019 8:28:00 PM)

    EXCELLENT!
    Your imagination is encompassing.
    Very creative and entertaining write. A pure poetic joy.
    Brilliantly penned.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/13/2019 7:45:00 PM)

    Rose Marie, you are very kind, and I have read some of your work. It is very good, and I plan to come back and read more!

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  • Prabir GayenPrabir Gayen (3/11/2019 1:59:00 AM)

    Last night I went to bed at eleven
    And dreamed I went to Poetry Heaven.
    Keeper of the Gate was not Saint Peter
    But Robert Frost - - hey, what could be sweeter?

    The first person I saw up there
    was sitting in a golden chair.
    It was my good friend, Hank Beuning,
    And a golden guitar he was tuning.....fine poem(Report)Reply

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  • Srijita MondalSrijita Mondal (3/11/2019 1:42:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem..10++++++++(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/14/2019 12:44:00 PM)

    Thank you very much, Srijita.

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  • Sam CottleSam Cottle (3/9/2019 6:46:00 AM)

    That was brilliant. Absolutely loved it.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/13/2019 7:43:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment, Sam. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  • Valentin SavinValentin Savin (1/27/2019 11:34:00 AM)

    I read the poem with great pleasure. What a range, what a flight of thought. I'm smitten. To write like that, you have to have a great Outlook. I liked the poem from the first lines:
    I couldn't stop myself, bur read to the very end in one breath. By the way, Robert frost is one of my favorite poets. I've translated quite a few of his poems.(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/14/2019 12:46:00 PM)

    Thank you, Valentin, for such kind and generous praise.

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  • Grace Diane Jessen (10/15/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    Very cleverly written! I like how you wrote about Wes V in a limerick and several other nice touches. The ending got my attention! Nice.(Report)Reply

    Kim Barney(3/13/2019 7:42:00 PM)

    Wes Vogler's stanza just HAD to be a limerick, didn't it? Nothing else would have done for Wes, since he is the limerick king. Thanks for the comment!

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  • Maryellen Smith (6/7/2018 7:36:00 PM)

    This is hilarious! You have a marvelous sense of humor. I will read more of your works.(Report)Reply

    Kim Barney(3/13/2019 7:40:00 PM)

    Thanks, Maryellen. You are very kind.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/29/2018 3:28:00 AM)

    satire!
    -

    I said, Say, I wonder, can you answer me one thing?
    Why haven't I seen Poe or Shakespeare or Browning?
    He said, Oh, you won't find them here
    In this part of Poetry Heaven.
    This is just the Poem Hunter wing!

    10++++(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (5/6/2018 9:32:00 PM)

    Kim, such a wonderful write. Enjoyed all of it.+++10(Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(3/14/2019 12:48:00 PM)

    Thanks, Robert. Your comment is truly appreciated.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, April 28, 2019


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