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If There Was No Poetry

if there was no poetry
then what would become
of my fledgling thoughts
unbaked as they are

this mish-mash of words
words I’ve barely stirred

i have made them presentable
readied them to be penned
they all wait proudly
showing their finest
how versatile they can be
wanting to be chosen

metaphors so clever
phrases perfectly turned
runes waiting for attribution
clichés anticipating new life

would my gift for schtick
never get the chance to evoke
the laughs I so crave
oh! what a terrible curse
to have my pen stilled

where would I put the 
clatter in my head
if not into poetry
each precious word a chick nudged
from its nest
all my babies: some fly, some fall flat

i am mother to these fledglings
watchful, hopeful, shaping them
helping them fulfill their potential
and when they take flight
avoiding the fate of Icarus
they save me
for a moment
they save me
from the madness 
the world

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  1. Date: 3/14/2014 2:11:00 AM
    Can I post this poem on my noncommercial blog: healinghamlet(dot)com? Healing Hamlet focuses on healing and art (visual, music and writing). I will give credit to you and a link to this page or any other webpage. Please let me know if you have concerns.

    Price Avatar Anita Price
    Date: 3/19/2014 11:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you! Here is the link: And here is the FB page link: Thank you for sharing your gift! Best, Anita
    Norton Avatar Tess Norton
    Date: 3/14/2014 12:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Anita, yes, you may post this on with a link to I visited the site - it's cool - I liked it a lot and enjoyed the content and its message! Thank you for thinking my poem would be a good addition to the blog! Tess
  1. Date: 1/20/2014 9:28:00 PM
    Thanks, David! Yes, aren't we always a bit ambiguous about letting go of our work? But so proud when it soars?

  1. Date: 1/14/2014 8:32:00 PM
    Very clever write on our little fledging poems...where both men and women can give birth, in a way.