Sean Joyce

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The Cat Poem - With Discussion - Poem by Sean Joyce

I must not write a poem
because I want to write a poem.
I must try to write the poem
when the poem has to be written.
Yes but what if my cat dies?

Yes, what if my cat dies
and I know my cat lived a
good and honest life
I can write a poem?

I can can’t I
I can have a cat poem can’t I
Life of an honest cat and that

Yes I know, I said the cat was honest
but I didn’t say that I was, and
I lied about the cat

The poem begins as a slightly
finger wagging exercise in telling
people not to write just because
they want to write a poem - it must
be DRIVEN by the poem's insistence
on being written. The poet is
unable to sustain this arrogance
hence the cat. Then, using the
cat as an excuse, writes the poem
but in the end has to admit that
the cat was just a device to break
the rule outlined in the 4 opening
lines. (Secretly of course the poet
believes or at least hopes that the
poem is good enough to excuse itself
and be allowed to break the rule.)
But of course it isn't

Comments about The Cat Poem - With Discussion by Sean Joyce

  • (1/5/2006 3:29:00 PM)

    Twas very witty to use as your muse a kitty. I think the poem was quite understandable, and a lot of fun. Kittys and people both tend to lie about, but only the later lies about poems. -chuck (Report) Reply

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  • (1/5/2006 2:18:00 PM)

    It would appear, Sean, that not are you going for the most humourous poet on this site, but also the most inventive. Like all humour, it must be based on a premise and this is very much a poet's humourist poem.

    The veering into another territory; the exploration of format, if you will, has been an excellent excercise for you. And for us a fantastic opportunity toquestion our believes about ourselves as artists. This certainly rams that home in style.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 5, 2006

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