I am a poet, or: A poem

Poetry Partners #35

‘I am a poem’, a poem by paeansunplugged of ‘paeansunpluggedblog’

I am a poem, read me
syllable by syllable
let the vowels roll
around your tongue at will
immerse yourself in
the free flow of rhythm
undulating whimsically
in its own rhyme
the meter; sometimes
measured. But oft not!

Read me at leisure
recite me aloud
let me suffuse your
entire being with joy
come alive as you
discover hidden nuances
let my darkness
illuminate your soul
cry in empathy
at my pain
allow giggles to
spontaneously erupt.

Don't try too hard
to unwrap the enigma I am
study me sip by sip
then come back
to gather more in gulps
let the meanings remain
couched in obscurity
savour the beauty
of words strung with care
the more you imbibe
the more you will come back
addicted to unravelling
me bit by bit

Decipher me at dawn
devour me at dusk
peruse me compulsorily
as you breathe
once you become one with me
you will realise life is poetry
to be carried in your heart.

A poem in two parts by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

I. Blank verse

The note was left taped to my computer
screen; 'We've got your Verse,' it read, 'If you want
her back, you'll do exactly as we say.
We'll be in touch soon.'  Poet that I am,
I immediately knew contacting
the police would bring about a cliché
(actually... dare I say, 'prosaic'?)
storyline. I'd have to free Verse myself.

II. Free verse

I fancy myself a poet, even
teaching my child to rhyme words
in different languages, sometimes
across different languages;
words being the primary currency
I p(l)ay with for understanding ~
pushing them into thin metal slots,
pulling the little levers, 
watching as cheap balls with comprehension
and assembly instructions roll their way
around and out my mouth.

Smooth plastic capsules,
with neat cracks through the middle, 
perfectly round, entirely unnatural,
of course, but so easy to spit out through
my teeth, lies that they are. 

I've been trying to stuff foreign terms
into vending machines, even filing them
down to size - it never works
for me. 

Worse yet, I was once beyond excited to see
a malformed plastic spheroid,
dented into an uneven, ugly crescent,
wobbling down the tube, 
but it got stuck
halfway down, and the blasted machine
wouldn't express it.

I gag and choke on reality.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


List of Poetry Partners

  1. Murisopsis of ‘A Different Perspective’
  2. Judy Dykstra-Brown of ‘LifeLessons’
  3. Jennifer Patino of ‘Thistle Thoughts’
  4. Mike L. Utley of ‘Silent Pariah’
  5. Barbara Schaefer of ‘solitary 4 tomorrow’
  6. Ron Rowland of ‘Navigating This Thing We Call Life’
  7. Cheyenne MacMasters: of ‘Cheyenne Paints’
  8. Rae Cod of ‘Rae Cod’s Writing’
  9. Eric Erb of ‘erbiage’
  10. Chris Reilley of ‘Christopher Reilley Poems’
  11. Jim- of ‘TheCommonAtheist’
  12. Selma Martin of ‘Selma’
  13. Vidah (Chavi) of ‘Magical World’
  14. varityteller of ‘Truth and Recovery’
  15. Quaranjavirus of ‘The Forgers of Fantasy’
  16. Kunjal of ‘Duo Disseminators’
  17. Coco of ‘un p❜tit je ne sais quoi’
  18. Lov Verma of ‘Underthetamarindtree’
  19. bodypositivefemme of ‘Ann_Within’
  20. Steven S. Wallace of ‘There is no Stigmata’
  21. Shay Simmons of ‘Shay’s Word Garden’
  22. Constance Bourg of ‘Tender Rebellion’
  23. C L Barton of ‘Linnets Sing in the Trees’
  24. Madamchryzl of ‘Rhymes, Writings, and Confessions to Small Crimes’
  25. Sangeetha of ‘Mindfills’
  26. Jo of ‘people in poetry’
  27. Audrey Duff of ‘Stopping Schadenfreude’
  28. Gillena Cox of ‘Verses’
  29. Yasmin of ‘yaskhan’
  30. Martha Anewa of ‘a young writer’s mind’
  31. Malalai Khan of ‘Malalai Noor Khan’
  32. Adam Taylor of ‘Adam’s Poems Etc…’
  33. trE of ‘A Cornered Gurl’
  34. Cindy Georgakas of ‘Unique Times with Cindy’
  35. paeansunplugged of ‘paeansunpluggedblog’
  36. davidatqcm of ‘The Hobart Chinaman’
  37. Orion Foote of ‘Visions of Orion Poetry’
  38. Susi Bocks of ‘I Write Her’
  39. Mister Bump UK of ‘Mister Bump’

53 thoughts on “I am a poet, or: A poem”

  1. Dueling poetic masterworks…what more could a reader wish for? 🙂 Both poems are seriously brilliant. I had to chuckle at your line: ” I’d have to free Verse myself…” I should have seen that one coming! 😀 What a fun collaboration this is. Kudos to both of you. 🙂

  2. “once you become one with me
    you will realise life is poetry
    to be carried in your heart.”

    “words being the primary currency
    I p(l)ay with for understanding ~”

    You two are amazingness. I loved both of these poems. You are both poetic marvels. ❤️❤️

  3. I truly enjoyed the poem, by paeansunplugged. Their poem beautifully illustrates the many emotions and inner travels that poems can take us on, and the ending is delightful! Your responses are creative and entertaining, as always. How do you keep up? Impressive! 👏🏻

  4. Ah. You do not disappoint! Punam’s poem is a true delight. Then your follow up is a rollicking ride through playful words and a gauntlet of tickled thoughts! I am dizzy – as if I’d just stepped off an amusement ride!!

  5. David, thank you so much! So love your blank verse! You don’t gag and choke on reality…reality flows beautifully from your pen. Even when you are seemingly flippant with (word) currency, you always win.
    Thank you once again. ❤️🤗

  6. WordPress is messing with me again and not letting me comment. I am trying again though.
    Your words have a life of their own and need to be freely given. Your partnerships have given us all the joy of the meeting of the minds and the words. Thank you for releasing them to us all.

    1. Lauren – it looks like this comment went through. 🙂

      You’re very kind, and I truly appreciate it – having supportive friends makes all the difference to me, in terms of writing creatively.

      Yours,
      David

          1. I don’t use blogger.com myself… but some of the d’Verse poets have blogs on blogger.com, and I try to leave comments for them sometimes.

          2. I see. I have to tell you, i never feel my poetry is up tp par with the dVerse participants. I will post something assuming it will not get any responses. The wonderful fact is that i get positive feedback that keeps me trying poetry. I read and comment on others even knowing they are far superior. Thank you for being so encouraging.

          3. I have difficulty giving myself credit too, Lauren… it’s probably the main reason that I’ve never submitted any poems to any publications… insecurity.

  7. i sometimes feel in creating our work’ we try too much hard. It comes out as broken strings!
    and i so wish to be read and understood like peansplug poetry!
    great work both of you!
    my hands itch to write something now!

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