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What Makes a Poem?

Updated on February 17, 2016

What makes a poem?
Is it jumbled words
on a dirty old napkin?
Or is it rhythmic patterns
beaten into the base of a drum?
Is it when a heart skips a beat
or maybe the arrival of a firstborn?
Pens scribble out inked promises
and odes to pottery
and as teenagers read over them
with glazed eyes, they ask,
what makes it so special?
Is it the use of formal words?
Or flamboyant metaphors?
Or could it simply be,
that maybe, poetry
is a friend that holds our hands
and makes us feel less alone.

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