Rod Mendieta

Gold Star - 6,184 Points (March 11,1959 / San José, Costa Rica)

You Say Poetry Is Obsolete - Poem by Rod Mendieta

You say Poetry is obsolete,
The idle occupation
Of decadent bourgeoisie,
Hoping to pass for wise and clever
Parroting lines and thoughts
They only half understand at best.
That I should follow your example
And care only to live the good life:
Eat, drink and make merry
And leave books to themselves
Since anyway, they end up being
Merely a tasty morsel
For many an illiterate worm.

I say if you strip your life,
Good or otherwise,
Of all the fluffy padding,
You should get a good poem.
If you don't, then there's nothing there
To begin with: no elusive core
Beneath endless layers of onion skin.
You peel them all off, shed a tear or two,
Laugh a hearty laugh, dance a little dance,
And then one day you die
No wiser than before, to end up
Merely another tasty morsel
For many a clever worm.

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry


Comments about You Say Poetry Is Obsolete by Rod Mendieta

  • Stuart Munro (7/29/2017 4:36:00 PM)

    Don't be a poet your end up dancing on words (Report)Reply

    Rod Mendieta(7/30/2017 4:19:00 PM)

    Oh, I wish I could dance on anything, but now I'd probably look like Quasimodo dragging his feet around.

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  • (7/28/2017 8:03:00 PM)

    Better to have lived in a poetic stupor
    Than never to have lived at all,
    Poems open unto feelings,
    The most unexpected door.

    And so does your poem, well done
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    Rod Mendieta(7/30/2017 4:30:00 PM)

    And your poem is great: love it! If we don't quite get to see the poetical behind life's little happenings then we end up living dreary, colourless lives.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 28, 2017



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