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The origins of verse

Updated on April 26, 2016

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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      ahorseback 17 months ago

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

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      ahorseback 18 months ago

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

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      ahorseback 18 months ago

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

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 18 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

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

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      Eric Dierker 18 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 18 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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      Devika Primić 18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly thought of and the photo is stunning.

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      ahorseback 18 months ago

      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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      ahorseback 18 months ago

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

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      Greg de la Cruz 18 months ago

      Sounds like Divine Creation :)

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      Audrey Hunt 18 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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      shanmarie 18 months ago

      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!