So You Say You Can't Understand Poetry!

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April Poetry Month

This is a short poem I wrote especially for Poetry Month and for all those people out there who say they don't like reading poetry because it is too difficult to understand. Well, maybe they are right after all.

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So You Say You Can't Understand Poetry!

by John Hansen (c) 2014


Razor sharpened butcher's knives

Slice cleanly through my heart.

It's only bricks and mortar

But at least that is a start.


It could be Whistler's mother

Or Mona Lisa's smile.

But winds are blowing from the East,

So it may rain in a while.


I want to be a poet

But can never find the words,

And every time I look at trees

I can never see the birds.

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I like it when you're silly, Jodah!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wonderful poem written by a true poet! I just love how much you love poetry.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning

Have a great weekend!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha thanks Shauna.

Thank you Faith, much appreciated, glad you liked it. Thanks for vote up, share and pin.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha thanks Shauna.

Thank you Faith, much appreciated, glad you liked it. Thanks for vote up, share and pin.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

John be careful here. You might inspire some of us that are really quite bad at it ;-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Really Eric, that could be interesting, even scary. :)


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Oh, I understand poetry....I just can't write it worth a damn.

Fun poem my friend.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I could never understand how anyone would scoff at poetry, that's like saying that you don't like music, or laughter. Life is a mixture of feelings that comes from the heart, that's poetry.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, I just do not have the vocabulary for the lovely nature poems that the rest of you write so well. "I can never see the birds" is true for me. However, I know good poem when I see or hear one.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

Jodah,

Every line and every image = awesome

V+

I can imagine this used as the lyrics in a song. There is just such a cool rhythm you have got going in this piece.

Best,

Kim


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like your humor!


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Great stuff Jodah! I love it! jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill, I'd like to see yo have a go one day. It couldn't be much worse than this one..haha. Maybe you should have had one of the characters in your book write one.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Your words are spot on Ruby, keep flying the flag for poets everywhere. Thank you for your great comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey MsDora, everyone in the world can't be a poet just like everyone can't be a doctor or a mechanic. But most of us appreciate what they do and can't get by without them. Where would poets be without people that appreciate their poems? Thanks for being one of those.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Kim, a song really? Sounds great to me...if you sing it, I'm hopeless. Glad you like the rhythm, and thanks for the vote up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Flourish. I've Ben told I am a funny fellow at times.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jamie, thanks for reading. If I can please a fellow poet I know I have succeeded.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago from Arkansas

Yeah, some poetry is as plain as the nose on your face, while some is as complicated and nebulous as the lawbooks that I edit. I always hated it when my interpretations weren't even close as other peoples. Now I believe I have as much right to mine as Maya Angelou does hers, but when they flunked me on a standardized test for them, I didn't think that was fair at all. Don't get me wrong, I love Ms. Angelou's poetry and admire her as a women. You really are funny, though.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

So much too we can say in poetry that we may never otherwise...well not me of course, lol, but some. (Love that Mona Lisa!)^+


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes MizBejabbers, we are all entitled to our own interpretation. If a poet puts their work out there to be read it is open to whatever interpretation the reader makes of it. Thanks for reading and glad you found it funny.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your comment Jackie. You should write poetry more often. I'll read it. Yes, I think Mr Bean looks great as the Mona Lisa too. :)


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Witty and entertaining write John!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very enjoyable read, Jodah.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

My friend, I love your true passion for poetry. Poetry is like travel back from death to life, turn stones alive, make Sun, Moon and stars to come down, make the mighty God a human and what not. Poet is a guy who is free to roam into the very crux of anyone and anything. John, this poem is so beautiful and tells a lot that goes with the birth of poetry. I wish I could also churn out a poem on a similar theme ! I relished this poem with all my heart and am sure that each one of us started loving and appreciating this wonderful art ! Thank you very much. Voted up.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is clever and funny, Jodah! Thank you for the entertainment.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

You formed your words well. With a good message Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey, I knew you'd be able to appreciate this one.

I really appreciate you reading this Phyllis, glad you enjoyed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Harishprasad, poetry seems to have become one of my greatest passions in recent years. I love all the examples in your wonderful comment. I wish for nothing more than to play a small part in helping others appreciate and actually form a love for poetry. Thank you for voting up too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Alicia, my pleasure to entertain and glad I succeeded.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Anna, I started writing this in jest, but even then I found it carried a message. Thanks for your kind comment.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Jodah, plain and simple...Perfect.. I love that Mr. Bean's face in the Mona Lisa portrait LOL.. you are a poet my friend


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank, I think I actually prefer this version to the original Mona Lisa, but I am a Mr Bean fan. Thanks for the 'poet' compliment.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Poetry is beautiful and shows true emotions.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sure does DDE, thanks for reading.


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epigramman 2 years ago

Great humor and wit here Sir J - especially in the overly/overtly serious poe-tree genre.

Never could much understand what 'they're' trying to say/write but sure as shite you have your tongue properly placed in cheek here and you just made my day - currently drinking coffee at 12:20pm with headless piano music.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Damn epigram man, you mean I should have listed this under satire? I was seriously attempting to be serious here, seriously. Enjoy your coffee, oh and what's the name of the headless pianist you're listening to?


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

That was interesting Jodah. I expected it to be longer. It was funny and I do not know why yet but I know it was useful too. I gave it a thumbs up and pinned it.

Kevin


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the thumbs up and pin Kevin, even if you don't know why...haha. There is a message in the last verse, well actually the whole thing is a bit of a parody. I know it's short. I almost placed it in my micro-poems category but it didn't quite suit the style. Anyway I'm glad you found it interesting, and hope you figure out how it will be useful.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

I read your poem again Jodah and I see what, or at least part of what, you were talking about.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for rereading Kevin, glad you have it worked out.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Awesome and the pictures added just the right touch.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Gypsy. yes I thought the pics were a fun addition.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

you said

"And every time I look at trees

I can never see the birds"

well, look no more on the trees cos the bird is perching on the woman's head. (check down photo you will see lol)

On a more serious note, so many people find poetry hard to understand and that is a fact. The reasons vary; some say cos of ambiguity of words, writer's perspective and thematic structure. I am no Poet--assuming I am one--poetry is a sweet meal I beg to eat each day. But, you Poets should use words my small brain can understand and also give me explanation when I request to know the Poet's perspective. lol, don't mind my banter. Poetry is the sweetest of all!

...and that Mr. Bean/Mona Lisa photo hahaha


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your interesting comment Thandi. Ye, exactly as you say, there is no need to look for the birds in the trees when there is one on Whistler's Mother's head...haha. Glad you liked the Mr Bean Mona Lisa too. I usually try to make my poetry easy for people to understand.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love poetry but I'm just not that good at it. Love your photos posted here - enhances the post content.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you teaches. I have noticed a few Hubbers here who say they are not good at poetry but if they do happen to write a poem they are excellent. Glad you liked the photos. I agree the do enhance the poem.

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