Fabrizio Frosini

Gold Star - 159,764 Points (1953 / Tuscany, Italy)

Realizing - Poem by Fabrizio Frosini


« What is Poetry? »
Heavens no! Don’t ask me;
I don’t know the answer.
« Try one —Any answer;
Just to give me a clue »
Poetry is just a starry night looking down at us..
Or it is the whole of
The underground rivers of our daily tears and moans,
Of happiness and grief, sadness and gratitude..
It is, maybe, the sight of
An emaciated body got lost in dusty fields..
A dazzling, unaware smile of a newborn baby..
A sound (Ocean’s voice?) from the very heart of a seashell..
An old soul in its (Her / His) final anguish..
A lover’s secret silence lit by the fading light of sunset..
A ripple in the brackish fluid of Consciousness..
Anyway: an endless moment in anyone’s life,
« Moments of Life. Is Life the clue? »
It might, if only I knew what Life is.
What I’ve realized, intertwining poetry and life, is that
We have to add Darkness when we try to appreciate what
Life is.

Darkness.. —A bit, at least. At its heart.


[published in 'THE CHINESE GARDENS - English Poems', by Fabrizio Frosini,2015]

Topic(s) of this poem: life, poetry

Form: Ars Poetica

Poet's Notes about The Poem


This poem is in my collection ''THE CHINESE GARDENS - English Poems''

published as e-book at Amazon


At PoemHunter you can read also the Italian version of the poem - its title:
''Rendersi conto''


Comments about Realizing by Fabrizio Frosini

  • (8/7/2017 7:44:00 AM)

    the ending makes me think of Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS) (Report) Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini (8/12/2017 10:23:00 AM)

    you took a point ;)
    It's a great novel, isn't it? - Conrad's.. I mean :)

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  • (6/2/2017 8:43:00 PM)

    Of your metaphors for poetry, I choose 'A ripple in the brackish fluid of consciousness'.
    The flowing stream of consciousness is what gives you poems if you listen and think
    hard enough. It also inspires good revisions, better wording, I think.
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    Fabrizio Frosini (6/10/2017 11:45:00 AM)

    yes, indeed - you're right

  • Tatiana Berdennikova (12/16/2016 5:12:00 PM)

    Very deep, unconventional and philosophical. I loved it Fabrizio. (Report) Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini (12/17/2016 4:45:00 AM)

    Hi Tania! thank you so much for your kind words. Pleased to know you like my poem. Cheers

  • Fabrizio Frosini (2/14/2016 3:34:00 PM)

    Dimitrios, you've written a msg to me with a link to my poem, but I can't undertsand what you wanted to mean... (Report) Reply

  • Dimitrios Galanis (2/8/2016 11:00:00 AM)

    I'm thinking of the first great poets of our own world.The greeks from the 7th cent. b.d.to the fourth cent.It is they who formed allvalues of what we call greek miracle.Everything was written as a poet.The poets were those who invented the world of myths, the world of philosophy the world of the laws for the new arising states.Our whole world is based upon that poesy.That is poesy, the perception of the natural world and the invention of the expansion of the new human's world.Poets are the ones who explain and imagine old and new world.//when they can not play their role the world is suffering of stagnation. (Report) Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini (2/8/2016 1:21:00 PM)

    agree 100%, dear Dimitrios!

  • Sahra Hussein (11/28/2015 3:07:00 AM)

    Poetry is just a starry night looking down at us..! !
    Poetry is other way to communicate with lover ones and the world.
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    Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 1:45:00 PM)

    yes, it is for sure.. Grazie - Thank you, dear Sahra

  • Valsa George (9/18/2015 11:32:00 AM)

    Poetry has multi dimensions. It can encompass a lot of things! Umpteen things can thrill a poet's heart! Thus anything can be the subject of a poem....... Yet it is so hard to define a poem. Somehow poetry revolves round life. Just as life is complex with light and shade, poetry is also complex and a poet tries to fathom into the mysteries of life as best as he can! You have succeeded to a great extent in defining poetry, showing its vast scope and sweep! Lovely write! (Report) Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini (9/18/2015 1:17:00 PM)

    I've enjoyed reading your own poetry and your thoughtful commentaries as well.. I'm now honored to read your words as a comment on my poem.. I thank you so much, Valsa

  • (9/13/2015 10:06:00 PM)

    An unanswerable question you have posed - what is poetry? Perhaps it's our journey through intellect and imagination mingled with feelings and emotions altogether. We poets have an interior universe from which we experience life, there we find the darkness of eventuality and unknowingness, always seeking questions about the reality of life and writing them into poems From experiences we learn about these mysteries, surprising ourselves with our innate knowledge. Imagery of your poem through nature and moments of life are what gave rise to my thinking process, is that poetry, I wonder? Thank you for such a thought-provoking poetical enlightenment filled with an immeasurable amount of pleasure. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini (9/14/2015 5:05:00 AM)

    grazie a te, RoseAnn, per il tuo perspicace commento.. sei un'ottima poetessa e un'abile critica letteraria// thanks to you, RoseAnn, for your insightful comment! you are an excellent poet and a skillful literary critic..

  • Amitava Sur (9/13/2015 5:12:00 PM)

    In every aspect and object
    There is something surprising
    What we can learn.

    Poetry is definitely a revelation of a fact
    with a poetic expression
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    Fabrizio Frosini (9/13/2015 5:31:00 PM)

    I could say, also.. poetry.. sort of subjective key to probe the mystery of life..

    thank you for commenting on my poem, Amitava

  • (9/12/2015 6:39:00 PM)

    Darkness, mystery, unanswered questions, they teach us to be humble, but in this search wonderful discoveries and works of art come to life, like in this very deep and motivating work of art, that really brings us closer to poetry and Life and all its intermingled mystery.

    Felicitacione per questa bella opera.
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    Fabrizio Frosini (9/13/2015 7:19:00 AM)

    Dear Sandra, your comment is a beautiful present. Thank you so much.
    You know, I've enjoyed reading your own poetry and appreciated your ability to reflect, skillfully and persuasively upon memories and Life's events.. Thanks again for commenting on my poem.
    Greetings from Italy!

  • Kelly Kurt (9/12/2015 4:27:00 PM)

    A wonderful poem, Fabrizio. Poetry is something different to everyone, but then, so is life. (Report) Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini (9/12/2015 5:17:00 PM)

    mille grazie, dear Kelly! thank you so much.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 12, 2015

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 12, 2015

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