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This Isn't a Poem

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Below is the poem entitled This Isn't a Poem which was written by poet Darryl Davis. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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This Isn't a Poem

It suddenly struck me as I sat in my familiar chair 
towards the back of the white buzzing café,
a hazelnut terzetto staring up at me,

it struck me what Magritte was trying to tell us
when he painted “This Is Not A Pipe” below
the dark strokes of a brown bowl and black stem,

a slight glare the only sign of life beyond it.
He wasn’t pointing out what was real and not
with a wave of disdain to the perplexed viewer

but, rather, was underlining what most of us are
too frightened to admit, that everything is what
we make of it – or not – and objects have no

preference as to the labels spectators cook up.
And I will leave you with that slippery nugget,
close the spinach leaf I was scribbling in,

take a last sip of the faded photograph before me
and step out into the foggy rush hour bee hive,
this life vest slipped carefully into my coat pocket.

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  1. Date: 1/16/2012 5:45:00 PM
    After reading THIS one,I have decided that you have a brilliant mind! I agree completely with what Chris here said about the comment further down. This is contemporary poetry at its finest. If I only know how to do that, I would not be stuck in the romantic era with all my sonnets. Anyway, Excellent work!

    Davis Avatar Darryl Davis
    Date: 1/17/2012 9:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Quite possibly the best compliment I've had in recent memory...cheers! :-)
  1. Date: 1/13/2012 11:09:00 AM
    I dig how john loving iii goes around telling people they aren't writing poetry. Even some of his pieces are actual poems lol....you should check out some of his "gems" ha! Yes, this poem of yours is a slippery nugget indeed. The Magritte analogy really stood out for me.

  1. Date: 1/12/2012 5:35:00 PM
    no not a poem

    Davis Avatar Darryl Davis
    Date: 1/16/2012 1:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Exactly :-)
  1. Date: 1/9/2012 4:23:00 AM
    Really liked this made me think..

  1. Date: 1/8/2012 3:28:00 PM
    As much as I'd like to say this isn't a poem...I read it like it was...enjoyed reading...thank you for stopping by and reading me...luv shannon

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 6:46:00 PM
    ha! i suppose we all are not posting actual poems, but some type of representation of them. a "slippery nugget" indeed.

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 2:48:00 PM
    This is an awesome write, great story and message in it...

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 2:04:00 PM
    Isn`t a poem o.k. but it is good. OXOX Love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 5:46:00 AM
    I enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Darryl. Wishing you a New Year filled with inspiration and the best to you in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/20/2011 3:07:00 PM
    maybe not, but whatever it was, i thoroughly enjoyed it! write on!