A Bards Gem

Chasing the small things is our art
Chasing the small things is our art | Source

Poetry,

Above rhyme and meter,

emotion rationally expressed

Words feeble grasping at moments

where verbose attention spoils,

title comes after thought,

In emptiness, vivid expression.

Before the expression 

A compulsion to capture

and put in place.

Grammar, Spelling, punctuation are

rearward to the point

Chaos takes form

ink is spared

full expression gained in brevity

the right word, a cherished virtue

the ego grants

scant link to any

fact to ground it

This is the art of the poet.

2/27/1999

The table of the masses always set expecting the river to flow to them.
The table of the masses always set expecting the river to flow to them. | Source

People Want

They pay not a dime

they want and want

more blood from pen

more pen for copper

they would buy the soul for a song

and gripe that they still paid too much.


Wanton Readers


Coveting things

that are not truly theirs

calling us out of the shadows

for we want notice

that taciturn reflections,

though poignant in form,

are insufficient to express

and be shared any other way

we take this form to ourselves

own it if we can

and hope we exist

yet more oft then not only in the margin

or are forgotten to time

until someone finds us anew

an event that cannot be rushed

and only leaves us

wanting.

A dawn of comprehension is the reward to those who prize brevity.
A dawn of comprehension is the reward to those who prize brevity. | Source

An Olive Branch

I was sleeping

not dead

and awoke to find this work

deemed insufficient

yet priceless to me

Anger expressed

is perhaps amplified

though words have meaning

and meanings, repercussions

know that to those who hold dear

and here in this sanctuary

there are few

who bear the need for sting

for most here write their own

hoping as I

for their shot in the sun.

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