Poetry Friday: Poems about poetry, inspired by poets
No, that’s not as redundant as it sounds.
Today I’m sharing three short poems that were written in response to blog posts by other children’s poets. All three are about poetry, and were inspired by different means.
My point in sharing these, aside from simply offering them up for your reading pleasure, is to show
how inspirational networking can be! Before I read the blog posts that inspired these poems, I had no intention of writing anything…but then, BAM! The poems came to me, and I couldn’t help but work them out and get them on paper.
The first one, “A Poem,” was written after reading a Poetry Advocates for Children & Young Adults blog post by Father Goose himself, Charles Ghigna. He had asked readers to comment on the topic, “What is poetry?” Now, this was back in Nov. or Dec. 2011 - so I forget if the responses had to be in verse, but of course that was the form I chose:
A poem has a heartbeat,
A poem has a touch;
One minute it may let you go
Or hold you in its clutch.
A poem’s breath is subtle,
Each tooth a tapered knife.
It laughs and cries with open eyes;
In short, a poem’s…life!
- © 2011 Matt Forrest Esenwine
The second poem, “Poet’s Plight,” was also written as a response to something Charles wrote; this time, it was a poem he had posted on his own blog, titled “Write Walking.” He wasn’t asking anyone to reply, but as soon as I read his poem, I felt like I had to ‘answer’ it. I initially wrote it in only about 5 or 10 minutes, so I’ve tweaked it since then…but I kind of like it.
Charles’ original poem:
If you should pass me on the way
And wonder what I said,
Please forgive the mutters made—
I’m writing in my head.
- © Charles Ghigna, reproduced with permission of the author
And my ‘response:’
“Poet’s Plight (Just the Right Word)”
(Response to Charles Ghigna’s “Write Walking”)
And likewise, should you pass me by
And distant be my gaze,
Do not think me aloof or shy –
I haven’t slept in days!
- © 2012 Matt Forrest Esenwine
The third poem, “The Poet,” would never have been written had it not been for poets David L. Harrison and J. Patrick Lewis, who challenged readers of David’s blog to write their own Careerhymes, Pat’s original form of light verse in which a type of occupation appears in the first line. Talk about rolling a pebble down a hill and watching it turn into an enormous, hurtling snowball! There were so many responses, it was hard to keep track of everyone. This is one of several I volunteered:
A poet has but one desire;
Imagination feeds it.
He sets his sullen soul afire
And almost no one reads it.
- © 2013 Matt Forrest Esenwine
See that? Three poems that demanded I call them into existence. If I hadn’t read the blogs, these would have never seen the light of day.
So the next time you wonder if you should bother reading a blog, or commenting on a Facebook post, or posting a Tweet, don’t think of social networking as a tedious business necessity or a luxury you just don’t have time for – think of it as potential digital inspiration!
Ready for more poetry? Then visit Renee LaTulippe at No Water River for today’s roundup, and have a great weekend!