Shalom Freedman

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There Are Times When Only By Hearing The Poems Of Others - Poem by Shalom Freedman


There are times when only by hearing the poems of others,
Can one begin to write one’s own-
One needs the rhythm of poetry
And once one has it
One can perhaps begin.

This morning I have not listened to anyone else-
And I write these lines
Into the bare space of the page
With a tremor of doubt
At whether they are ‘poetry’.

I hear myself as a poem
But what others hear
May be something else entirely-

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 17, 2011

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