We Write Poems had a prompt to “Write a poem about writing a poem.” This one is a reposting, because I don’t believe I can outdo this one.

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by Phoenix Photography

Each poem grows from little vines
attached to heart and soul.
Fermented into finest wines
with age and theme control.

With rhyme and verse, format is set,
and tempo holds the pace.
Word-choice demands must be met;
maintaining style and grace.

Through subtle use of word and phrase
the reader soon will find,
the deepest truth or latest craze
is quickly brought to mind.

But poets fail to reach that goal,
unless the writing’s real.
The only thing they can convey
is what they truly feel.

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9 Responses to ON POEMS

  1. margo roby says:

    I’m glad you posted, even late. You are right to love the poem. You’ve done well to match form and content. I enjoyed this.

  2. This is great! Very true as well

  3. vivinfrance says:

    I’m with you there, Mike: insincerity shouts from a poem if it’s not written from the heart.

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  5. honeyhaiku says:

    This is true, Mike. I know when my work sounds contrived, because I can’t hear the “voice” properly within the words. Poetry is not a trend it is a reflective self. Nice!

  6. earlybird says:

    Like a good wine: rounded in the mouth, with enough depth for laying down.

    In other words, a good poem which you were right to keep.

  7. Tilly Bud says:

    I do like this one, Mike. Perfectly describes the process but it’s the heart that matters.

  8. Irene says:

    Bravo Mike! I like the idea of poems as vines attached to heart and soul. And that poems don’t lie. *keeping a straight face*

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