Category Archives: Poetry

Suggestiveness


Nobody, I think,

ought to read poetry,

or look at pictures or statues,

who cannot find a great deal

more in them than the poet

or artist has actually expressed.

Their highest merit is suggestiveness.

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– Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Elfje:         (Cinquain)

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interpretation

artist intent

imaginative figurative  portrayal

nothing that is literal

ambiguity

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Lune:    5 / 3 / 5

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beautiful lady

classic poise

man’s greatest desire

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Poem:

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does God have a heart
does He think and feel
is He above being smart
is He really, really, real

why does everything have an opposite
will good possibly overcome evil
could hate or love predominate
shall man ever learn to be civil

if we had the answers
would it matter anyways
everything succumbs to cancers
does God count in days

is this life to be enjoyed ? ? ?
if so, ignore the answers and questions
know that the end we cannot avoid
and just follow mothers directions

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ME and the Boss.

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The Slender Antenna

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“What makes a poet

a poet?

The slender antenna

of awareness

combing the air

for messages.”

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~ Luci Shaw

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Elfje:            (Cinquain)

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inspiration

story line

the plot thickens

characters write the ending

imagination

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Tanka:             5-7-5, 7-7

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cloud of tiny gnats

attracted by body heat

a pest in man’s eye

part of the ecosystem

alive because God said so

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Poem:
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the hum of the traffic held him mesmerized
sleeping odd hours due to his work
nothing in his world was personalized
on the night shift as a hotel desk clerk

going to school to better himself
his future was lived one day at a time
no time to worry about his general health
dreams lived in a black and white pantomime

awakened to a stark reality
more schooling needed to keep the new job
house, wife, kids, responsibilities weighty
time to think about which bank to rob

nose to the grindstone, head kept above water
never enough time to make any friends
health and family ties begin to falter
the results of burning the candle at both ends

stopped, reflected, reorganized, sought advice
found employment that matched his lifestyle
placed family and friends above the closing price
took the time to breath once in awhile

life improves when you are able to smile
sleep is better when you balance self and others
keep practicing now for that final mile
enjoy the cycle of the Creators great wonders

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ME and the Boss

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https://michaelerb.wordpress.com

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https://meandtheboss.wordpress.com

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