No need to be anybody but oneself. (only_more_love) wrote,
No need to be anybody but oneself.

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ours is not a caravan of despair

Poetry intimidates me -- which is precisely why I've been seeking it out recently.  Not because I think it's the mental equivalent of fiber, but because intellectually I know it's just another form of writing, and I want to get comfortable with it. 

I love writing and reading and words, marvelous words.   There's so much you can do with them.  Yes, this makes me an unabashed geek; there are much worse things to geek out over.   

I found the following poem at Poetry 180 - A poem a day for American high schools. We'll just gloss over the fact that I graduated high school in 1995.  *g*

Introduction to Poetry

Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.


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