Sunday, March 10, 2013

THAT IS NOT A REAL POEM! by (me!) sandra, tvgp

ORIGINAL POST 06/03/2009:


**  ***

 that was a trick. "write me a poem"

you cannot just up and write a poem. that would not be a poem at all; just an assignment.

it is only a real poem if it spills out, messy, all over the place without anyone asking, suggesting
or anticipating its arrival

villanelle
pantoum
sestina

these are not poems! they are word puzzles -academic assignments! cerebral hemorrhages

if a teacher requests it

a person suggests it

or if you stop to count your lines

that is not a poem -my God!

real poetry cannot be summoned -and it will not be contained.

real poems do not require invitation

or call to rsvp

and if you see one dressed appropriate for the occasion; that's not a real poem.

real poems break glass; break hearts

crash parties

dance barefoot with imperfect stangers.

make a scene. make noise. -make unwed mothers

give birth to life without first completing a proper education or saving money in the bank

real poetry

a real poem

it just shows up. demands to be seen. leaves a messy, permanent mark.

then quietly skips away to a corner pub in the heavens; camouflaged as a regular.

4 Comments:

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Kathy Cordova said...

now that's a poem!

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger she said...

miracle mom: "thank you!"

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

"Real poems crash parties."

OMG, that's an awesome line!

And if the teacher says write a poem, then do it.

"a poem"

There. I wrote it.

 
At 4:33 AM, Blogger she said...

kmg/bbf: thank you x 2

for the kind words and making me laugh

love all around! ~s.

 

Post a Comment

<< Home