Laura Cummings

Rookie (Friday 16th October 1987 / Alexander Hospital, Redditch.)

What Is A Poem? - Poem by Laura Cummings

What is a poem?
Is it a child running free without a care in the world,
With no idea of the tough times ahead.
What is a poem?
Is it bumping into someone in the street and knowing instantly that you love them,
But will probably never see them again.
What is a poem?
Is it a woman giving birth for the first time going through all that pain,
And still loving that beautiful baby in a way in which only another mother can understand.
What is a poem?
Is it experiencing the tsunami in person,
While other people watch it in their homes on the news.
What is a poem?
Is it discovering that an apple will always fall down when droped,
Is it asking why does it fell down when dropped.
What is a poem?
Is it dying and knowing that the person you once loved and touched is underground,
Is it knowing that someday you will also die.
What is a poem?
Its all of the above and many more besides,
And being able to express it in a way that others will be able to associate with.
All of this is a poem.


Comments about What Is A Poem? by Laura Cummings

  • Rajnish Manga (9/4/2015 12:47:00 PM)

    The poem is a multi-dimensional probe about what a poem is. It is much more than one can comprehend. A quote:
    What is a poem?
    Is it experiencing the tsunami in person,
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  • Godfrey Morris (9/4/2015 11:53:00 AM)

    A simple message so well conveyed (Report)Reply

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  • (9/4/2015 8:39:00 AM)

    ..............very nicely done...and congratulations on member poem....great job! ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (9/4/2015 6:58:00 AM)

    Literature is mirror of the society, a critic and a guide. The days art for art have gone, now art is for life. A wonderful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (9/4/2015 3:41:00 AM)

    Lovely poem on a poem...Indeed a poem is all this and more; it is all about being what we are: human beings. (Report)Reply

    Fabrizio Frosini(9/4/2015 5:34:00 AM)

    it is all about being what we are: human beings
    a good note, Jasbir

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  • Ramesh T A (9/4/2015 12:40:00 AM)

    Poem is all activities of life in a nut shell for all to associate with it ever! (Report)Reply

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  • (6/14/2005 1:03:00 PM)

    Yes! I like the end now. Hope others do! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2005 10:46:00 AM)

    ...sorta Gertrude Stein-y end maybe? (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2005 10:44:00 AM)

    Beautiful, Laura. So beautiful, in fact, that I wonder if you could find a way of putting the last two sum-up lines in 'poetic' form? Or even something very brief like 'All these, all this, is a poem'... (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, March 18, 2005


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