To be, or: Benumbed

Poetry Partners #181

‘Dead poetry’, a ‘Haiku Sonnet’ by Melissa Lemay of ‘Mom with a Blog’

Poetry is dead?
I hadn’t heard. Neither had
you. Your words-terse. You’ve

no imagina-
tion-evidenced from such a
statement. Please be kind

to poetry. It
lives. At your fingertips. Sad-
ly you use them to

tap-tap-tap a screen
made from rare elements. What
will you do when they’re

depleted? What then?
Will you use a pen?

A ‘Sijo’ by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

I'm old enough to know white hairs 
are stiffer and more wiry; 
old enough too to know what one hears 
is what one wants to hear; 
poetry is too well-versed 
for unlettered perspectives 

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

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