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One Word… >>>IS>>> Poetry…is… Wears the words of smiles and tears, And speaks of stumbling through graveyards And up the aisles to ancient altars; Falling off of sidewalks and through the cracks of life Then rising up to stargaze from thin lines; Tripping over can’t and could have, Butting heads with treasured idols; Tracking sticky mud across the new waxed Marble floor of the soul – Scratching graffiti on the walls of the heart Or gently laying kisses on fresh jagged wounds – Carrying baggage filled with Stones of calendar pages; Chanting loudly of sunrise and sunset, Blending crystal snow with newborn leaves; Escaping clutches of midnight marauders Embracing the fairness of rose and mauve; Ignorance ignored screaming, Scrapping tender knees and elbows on pebbled concrete, Painting chaos – weaving breaths – unclogging drains – Knitting together quietness in blooms of Claire de lune. Poetry…Is… Wears the words of frowns and grins And tells of fat ducklings waddling through spring; Wrapping scars in isolation, Discarding blindness In ancient hearts and newborn souls And all the in between; Cleaning closets stuffed to overflowing With emptiness; Running with ambivalence, Looking into the eyes of the unresolved, Fighting wrinkles or teetering on high heels – Tuxedos rushing by the tattered, Ragged holding hands with Fire dancers balancing upon tight ropes – Drinking fully from a trough Of clearest spirits, giving up thirst, Then wrestling with the fevers Of inspiration through witness eyes, Shouting across the centuries in baritone and soprano, Reaching out and gathering in – juggling balls and overflowing plates. The very marrow and the core, The words of a poet yesterday – “Pretty, hell, poetry is…life.” Robert Penn Warren – June 1986

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Date: 9/6/2020 2:13:00 AM
Sam congrats on your win with ‘Is‘! The poem that follows is beautiful and should score a win on its own in another contest!! BW Krish
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Date: 9/6/2020 12:50:00 AM
* ~ Congratulations ~ *
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Date: 9/6/2020 12:39:00 AM
'Tis truly an interesting approach, Sam, Congrats and stay well and safe, Aloha! William
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Date: 9/5/2020 8:33:00 PM
"Knitting together quietness in blooms of Claire de lune." My favorite line all day. Congrats on your win, my stargazing poetic friend!
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Date: 9/5/2020 3:37:00 PM
love your take on the one word contest, many congrats on your win :-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 9/5/2020 3:13:00 PM
Congratulations !! A great word with comments lol
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Date: 9/5/2020 10:06:00 AM
An interwoven enrichment of powerful poetry my friend. A Fave for me. Chantelle hugs xx
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Date: 9/5/2020 5:55:00 AM
You created a tapestry for us to enjoy. Well done.
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 9/5/2020 9:27:00 AM
Many thanks Richard! So happy you enjoyed this "tapestry!" It was such fun to weave all the strands together. Blessings my friend!
Date: 9/4/2020 2:32:00 PM
poetry is LIFE. That is such a good quote you chose at the end. Lots of awesome descriptions and metaphors you offered us in this well crafted poem on the favorite topic for us all... POETRY
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 9/5/2020 9:25:00 AM
Thank you Andrea! That quote has guided my poetry for years. It reminds me of how much I love the creativity of poetry as an art form and to keep it REAL! I always feel encouraged by your words and your writing my friend!
Date: 9/4/2020 1:55:00 PM
A metaphorically striking poem, Sam. You sure give life to poetry! Best regards // paul
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 9/4/2020 2:22:00 PM
I am deeply honored by your message, Paul. As I said to Tom, I took a chance with this format. This poem just seemed to write itself. Thank you for your visit. Have a great weekend!
Date: 9/3/2020 8:38:00 PM
Love how you've done this Sam, a sure winner. Tom
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 9/4/2020 2:16:00 PM
Thank you for your encouragement and gracious words, Tom. I took a chance and added something on to the "one word." Have a great weekend! Over Fork Over!