Kim Barney


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: Ballad


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

Comments about Poetry Heaven by Kim Barney

  • Dr 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 Barney (3/13/2019 7:46:00 PM)

    Thank you, Dillip. A very kind comment!

    2 person liked.
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  • Rose 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 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!

  • Prabir 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

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

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

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

    Thank you very much, Srijita.

  • Sam Cottle (3/9/2019 6:46:00 AM)

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

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

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

  • Valentin 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 Barney (3/14/2019 12:46:00 PM)

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

  • (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

    (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!

  • (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

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

    Thanks, Maryellen. You are very kind.

  • Mahtab 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

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

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

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

    Thanks, Robert. Your comment is truly appreciated.

  • Jez Brul (4/22/2018 9:13:00 PM)

    hahahahhahahaa....this is such an amusing fascinating poem...It is clear that Robert Frost is your favorite, mine also..all PH members must read this...I'll recommend this to my friends....lots of 10++++++++++++++++++++ to my poem list.. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/14/2019 12:51:00 PM)

    Thank you very much, Jez. Comments are my only payment, and I just got a big payment!

  • Michael Walker (4/17/2018 10:52:00 PM)

    An excellent poem and visual image of Rio de Janeiro. It is fitting that you single out Robert Frost for special mention, as his poems endure in time. My favourite of his is 'Acquainted With The Night'.
    Hank Beuning is also one of my Poem Hunter friends.
    (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:39:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment, Michael. Yes, Hank has told me that you and he have become good friends. Hank is a great friend of mine and needed to be mentioned first in this poem.

  • Rini Shibu (2/25/2018 4:47:00 AM)

    Wow this is a wonderful poem, Kim you took readers to poetry heaven where our great poets cherish us with their poems 10 (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:37:00 PM)

    Thanks, Rini. A lovely comment from a lovely person!

  • Adeeso Adeyemi (7/5/2017 6:18:00 AM)

    all poets lives in poetry heaven..great skill.. (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2017 3:23:00 AM)

    This is a piece of art art just like a great cake with cream and softness and crustiness (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:35:00 PM)

    Thank you, 'Hot Man'. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I'm trying to catch up, but my time is limited.

  • (4/14/2017 8:12:00 AM)

    Kim, this was one of the most enjoyable poems that I've read on this site. I recognized most of the names, so it was even more fun. You are very creative. And so darn witty! Keep them coming! (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:33:00 PM)

    Richard, thanks for the comment. I have met so many more nice people since I wrote this. If I were to write it today, there would be many more names included!

  • Dee Corpolongo (2/11/2017 11:14:00 PM)

    What a fun, and awesome poet you are! and a man of his word, that I am amazed that you are for real! ! ! Love your writing and contests. You are the best! (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:30:00 PM)

    Dee, such kind words. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I stopped writing anything new for a time and almost left Poem Hunter. There are still two ongoing contests...

  • Smoky Hoss (12/16/2016 8:46:00 PM)

    Got to say this is awesome, what fun. I just hope there's no poetry hell. I'd hate to end up there! (Report) Reply

    Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (3/13/2019 11:35:00 PM)

    Wish there wouldn't be any one, and you wouldn't end up there. cheer up.

  • Ellias Anderson Jr. (12/14/2016 11:24:00 AM)

    I really have no words to say..this is JUST BRILLIANTT! ! (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:25:00 PM)

    Ellias, thanks for the kind comment. Comments are my only payment.

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (12/10/2016 10:26:00 PM)

    Oh, Kim
    This so marvelous a journey.
    I did really enjoy it,
    and wished you wouldn't have waken up.
    Get back to bed as soon as possible.
    So fantastic, man
    (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (3/13/2019 7:24:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment, Ahmed, but I spend too much time in bed already!

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 19, 2019


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