Poetic Rationality

extremists

Impugning and being impugned

,milling around,

declaring mode of verse

and denying others their rights.

Some fly the finger at order

in ultimate omage to themselves

spewing their lines without

regard to humanity

ejaculating ink

without form.

We who reason

stand and gawk

Forming lines for love

in sand where water

obliterates without conscience

to prove us fools

yet still we venture

trying to write

to some level of permanence

Something that will tip the scales

in favor of understanding

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

A questioning polemic that shouts at the inane garbage strewn about in the name of " poetry "...Simile and metaphor have become trendy, predictable, and imminently forgettable..

There are many accomplished and aspiring poets that I follow and admire here in HubPages...from the satirical to the philosophical, they work hard at improving their craft and it is those that I support and encourage...Larry


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

hmm lol on the one hand my mind screams why should I cater to your whim and on the other I enjoyed tossing the subject around with you in the forums. I will meditate on the contradiction and wonder whether I aught to edit this one or avoid such mistakes in the future. As the Bard said 'must give us pause.'


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

I paused and paused again. I hope you like what resulted when i bent the ear and even the head to a little different way of seeing that which I dared not to dread.


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Jaggedfrost...As I have mentioned before; a poet need not explain his or her prose, as many will take what they want or need from it...Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her " Sonnets from the Portuguese " you will find many examples of metaphor and simile that are disciplined, apt, and few...By disciplined, I mean heavily edited and snipped...Her " How do I love thee, let me count the ways..." is an enduring example of disciplined metaphor...When she says " What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes...” is simple, apt, and disciplined...

Now you have me seeking musty books on my neglected bookcase to remind myself that yes, as you have elegantly stated, " yet still we venture

trying to write

to some level of permanence

Something that will tip the scales

in favor of understanding "...

Few things in life are permanent, one is true love, and another is death...Both demanding subjects since we may have experienced the first, but have yet to experience the last...Larry


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your input. I admit that I sometimes care too much for my audience but even so I have found fat to trim. I hope you like the improvements.


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embee77 6 years ago

Your view of extremists versus "rationalists" rings true, and very relevant in today's world. I, too, care deeply that people do not think enough, listen enough, and empathize enough with those they differ with. My recent hub addresses the issue in a far less poetic way. I continue to read and think about the way humans treat each other. Thank you for the insightful poem.


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Thanks Embee for stopping by. I will have to check out your hub.


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

Jagged: I read you in the forums and thought I'd take a look at your stuff. I wasn't disappointed. Your post reveals your obvious passion for the subject-- isn't it a shame that poetry is such an abused form of expression? For some self-proclaimed poets, a diary or journal would suffice in purging their inner demons without doing it under the guise of poetic license. But we wade and sift though it all in search of a truly poetic voice rising from the din. You're coming through loud and clear. I find your posts to be both intelligent and articulate. Glad I stopped by. Hope you get a chance to visit me as well :)


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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Lol I haven't blushed this much in some time. I am gratified by your compliment given the obvious experience that your opinion represents. I would be honored to stop by and give your work the respect I most unwittingly was given by you.


Jenelle 23 months ago

Real brain power on diaplsy. Thanks for that answer!

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