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I am a retired Ironworker(35 years Local 7), a lifetime Boston, Mass resident.  I am old enough to know better - but don't.


Who Owns a Poem??


Blog Posted:6/17/2017 3:10:00 PM

Who Owns a Poem?

 

Could I call a poem – a poem

if I titled it as such

or would this egocentricity

cause the poets to turn on me?

 

Words - shifting sands - rolling stones

shadows cast by meatless bones

memory’s nostalgic noose

tormenting the bottled goose.

 

Three shelled game – poet as pea

always writing – never free

ink stained apron – wordplay runes

clandestine nom de plumes.

 

The pen sits mute atop the truth

expressed beneath its tip

manipulated poetic pawn

lost amid a coming dawn

 

Thrusting blindly at the night

stalking shadows in the light

scratching words in sand, on stone

for his poems he cannot own.

 

 

 

John G. Lawless

©6/17/2017

 

 

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Date: 6/19/2017 12:59:00 AM
This is a wonderful poem, John:)
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:38:00 PM
Beautiful
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Date: 6/18/2017 8:26:00 PM
I see a lot in your poem, john. And I suppose it is very true that you cannot own a poem. We have all heard the old saying that the pen is mightier than the sword, but tell me, if I show you a picture of Linda, and tell you this is Linda, did I lie? I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day. Life is finally good for me, spending time with my son and granddaughter, while it was over100 degrees in the valley, we took that 30 minute drive and went up to Mount Rose and played in the snow! It was such a good time for all of us! Love and hugs, Catie =)
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Date: 6/17/2017 8:23:00 PM
? :) Like the subject
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1/19/2018 HORNY DILEMMA Tyburncar,crazy,
1/18/2018 Shift Change Imagismsymbolism,
1/17/2018 Waiting Monokusnow,winter,
1/16/2018 LOST AND BOUND Sonnetlost,love,
1/15/2018 Farewell Footles Footlefarewell,love hurts,
1/15/2018 Nothing Lasts Forever Rhymedark,
1/15/2018 TEN WORDS Free verseword play,
1/12/2018 Haiku 1-2-2018 Haikudance,rain,
1/7/2018 Ancient Aliens Free verseimagination,inspiration,w
1/6/2018 Haiku 1-6-2018 Haikusnow,winter,
1/5/2018 CAT NAP Rhymecat,
1/5/2018 S'no Day Rhymeday,snow,winter,
1/3/2018 One More Cuppa Tea Free verselonging,memory,mother dau
1/2/2018 CONCAVE REASONING Couplethumor,
1/2/2018 the chiaroscuro of children - Monoku 4 Monokuart,childhood,children,ra
1/1/2018 BRRRRRR Monokuhumor,winter,word play,
12/31/2017 Smoky Dreams 'Neath Rainbow Rings Personificationfire,snow,
12/29/2017 RIP Monokuearth,
12/29/2017 2018 - nothing new here Free verselife,metaphor,new year,
12/27/2017 soulstice - Monoku 2 Monokunew year,
12/26/2017 EYE POD Versemorning,solitude,
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12/25/2017 ALLELUIA Free versechildhood,religion,
12/24/2017 history vs heresy Limerickconfusion,history,writing
12/23/2017 Haiku 12-23-2017 Haikumusic,winter,
12/22/2017 A MEDLEY OF MONOKU Monokulife,poetry,
12/22/2017 sad bells Monokupeople,
12/21/2017 In Regards to the Birds and the Bees Rhymemen,relationship,
12/20/2017 ONE LINER Monokulife,
12/20/2017 A Silent Wind Tankalonging,love,
12/16/2017 THE OLD MAN AND THE SNOWMAN Rhymeage,christmas,nostalgia,
12/15/2017 Feathers of Doubt Free verseallegory,
12/14/2017 After Forever Free versemetaphor,
12/12/2017 Samaritan 101 Free versesociety,
12/8/2017 OH, CHRISTMAS TREE Free versechristmas,humorous,tree,
12/8/2017 Age Doesn't Matter When You're In Love Verselove,
12/7/2017 MIND FIELD Senryuage,angst,
12/7/2017 Distant Rumblings Free verseintrospection,longing,
12/6/2017 RHYME TIME III - WINTER Rhymefate,winter,
11/27/2017 Huddled Masses Senryuangst,city,life,
11/27/2017 ninetwentysevenAM Monday Free versechildren,school,
11/26/2017 Haiku 1-26-2017 Haikusilence,
11/22/2017 Cloudburst Aftermath Blank versecity,life,
11/22/2017 BLACK AND BLUE FRIDAY Free versehumor,
11/18/2017 MY Winter Free verseabuse,recovery from,
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11/16/2017 Thanksgiving Versethanksgiving day,
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11/8/2017 STALKER Free versebetrayal,fear,introspecti
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9/22/2017 Polka Dot Imps Couplethumor,myth,rainbow,
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9/11/2017 Twin Silhouettes Free verseamerica,memory,september,
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Paradise Now Free versereligion,
Roadmap Rhymeage,
Painting with Words Coupletpoetry,writing,
Dark Cinquaindark,death,
A Friendly Goodbye Free versebeauty,
The Wintered Soul Among Wisteria Sonnetgrief,
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