The origins of verse

As the tree grew from the earthen
dust so too then did
the words
perhaps poetry was but born within
the slurry of pulp
and so shouldn't they fall
away together

As the pulp rolled from inside the wet
presses' the words were sewn
and sewn too was the meaning
behind them and all
the origins lost to a man
paper poem and prose
is it not as if standing in
the desert and wondering
of oceans

Not unlike watching the fire begin
to blacken the edges of a page
letters disappear to black ash
and crumble to dust
how quickly they go
a poem may be recited again
and again and again
until it is forgotten
but once

And is there not one poet wanting
to be remembered as one
with the words before him and the
ashes left behind
beneath the black dirt
where once a tree grew
and a fire died away
to cool earth


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas

I love reading your words. Your muse is unique and there is no one like you! You deserve to be one poet remembered rather than forgotten!

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vocalcoach 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

This is magnificent poetry my friend! I'm rarely impressed with most poems I run across though I always appreciate the effort writers put into them. Good poetry is harder than it looks. And this is good poetry! Descriptive and powerful enticing the reader to hand on to every line...every word. Sharing for sure.

Light and love to you,


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Gregory Vic 9 months ago

Sounds like Divine Creation :)

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ahorseback 9 months ago Author

Hi Shan , You are so kind , thank you for this , it means a lot !

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ahorseback 9 months ago Author

Audrey , ! Hello . It is harder than it looks except when the right one just kind of happens . Thank you so much !......:-]

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DDE 9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Brilliantly thought of and the photo is stunning.

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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

Your poetry lingers as we envision the meaning. I know the source comes from within a life that's seen the ashes of time. Beautiful!

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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I just get carried away with your poetry. A pause in a sometimes hectic life that gives refreshment and calmness to my soul. Origins, I wonder.

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tobusiness 9 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Exemplary! I will certainly want to read this poem again and again. Sharing.

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ahorseback 9 months ago Author

DDE, Yours is the kind of sharing I absolutely love !

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ahorseback 9 months ago Author

Eric , That's the best thing I've heard since I've written on hub pages !

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ahorseback 9 months ago Author

Gregory! Thank you for that ! It means a lot .

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