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Reading Beyond the Obvious

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Reading Beyond the Obvious

I read the same poem for several days
I kept seeing it in different ways

Even though the words they never changed
Somehow my thoughts became rearranged

The first time reading, it made me smile
My thoughts were confused after a while

Second time I searched for new meaning
Like a farmer in a field gleaning

I was confused, by her metaphor 
She used a gate instead of a door

The third day I thought I'd try again
Her words, were saturated in pain

On the fourth day things became intense
Why did it take, so long to make sense?

Words may seem simple at a first glance
With re-reading they can start to dance

Each mood I have, helps me to see more
Subtle differences in metaphor 




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  1. Date: 3/24/2013 3:01:00 PM
    The best ones take several reads, don't they? Sometimes it's years later before you have the experience and knowledge to get the deeper layers. Excellent thoughts, mon ami.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Roy
  1. Date: 3/21/2013 8:08:00 PM
    I agree with you here Richard, very much. Is true that most people just read a poem through very quickly without absorbing the content and missing the meaning. Reminds me of that old maxim, 'I know what Ilike, coz I like what I know', I always read a poem wice and slowly. Time is always limited and I suspect we're as guilty on on here. Nice reminder, well written. Take care, Regards Richard

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 10:42:00 AM
    The title says it all! And I LOVE that last couplet, you are really impressing me, Rick! You continue to grow as a poet, you should be so proud of how talented you are :)

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 8:14:00 PM
    Thanks Timothy, your coments are very encouraging and appreciated.

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 9:40:00 AM
    This is very interesting Rich. It's really crazy how words can do that, eh? The greatest poetry likes to resemble diamonds... many subtle different angles. I like to think of poetry as sometimes having a mind all their own and this one certainly does!

  1. Date: 3/19/2013 5:33:00 AM
    I like this one.Not just the words but the message that you want to communicate.

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 2:48:00 PM
    i like what you've said here and, more importantly, the way you've said it!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/18/2013 7:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks ilene for brining me a bit of sunshine.
  1. Date: 3/18/2013 9:14:00 AM
    Richard...this is an amazing write and so true about what the reader brings to the poem. I applaud you.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/18/2013 7:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Eileen
  1. Date: 3/18/2013 8:53:00 AM
    Good morning Rick :D wishing you a wonderful day :D really enjoy my read tonight :D hug, yanny

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/18/2013 7:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Yanny, it has been a busy one today.